Dreaming of Germany

2017-11-07 06:00
Ethel Mkhonto

Ethel Mkhonto

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Ethel Mkhonto, a student of Tsiba Academy in Pinelands, is raising funds to take her to Germany.

She is one of 12 Tsiba students selected to be part of the first group to go overseas in the school’s first bilateral cultural student exchange programme.

They will be hosted by Rosenheim University south of Munich in December.

Mkhonto needs about R3000 to meet her target of R10 000. She says the funds will help her cover the expenses that are not paid by their German hosts.

She says: “I would like people to support me because this is an opportunity that will enable me to grow as an individual, while learning and experiencing different cultures and languages, but it will also sharpen my life skills and character. We have many programmes at our institution where foreign students come for a cultural experience while learning, but none of us have ever been there except third years when they go for an internship. It is now our turn to experience the German precision and open myself to learning their languages and cultures in their beautiful country.”

She says she was selected for the trip because she came fourth academically last year, averaging between 74% and 85%.

“Being selected for this opportunity means that we had to host the German students in February, and that has been one of my best experiences thus far. Teaching them our languages and sharing the spirit of ubuntu has enabled me to see the true beauty of our country and grow as an individual.”

Sifiso Zwane, another student in the exchange group, says it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He says despite the purpose of the trip, it is also a way to promote the school to other countries. Zwane says he wishes Mkhonto luck with her fundraising effort.

Sonja Hagins, head of support of Tsiba, says: “Students will have the incredible opportunity to visit their German counterparts in Rosenheim on the second leg of this exchange. Even though this is a cultural exchange, students will also spend time in classes with the Rosenheim students.

“Through a generous grant, most of the costs have been covered, but students are fundraising to cover a contribution towards the administrative costs of the exchange and to have spending money for their time in Germany. If our students exceed their fundraising target, the extra money will be put toward a scholarship for a Tsiba student.”V For more information visit www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/ethel-goes-to-germany-with-tsiba or email t16079@tsiba.ac.za.

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