Learner who inspires fellow-learners

2017-11-16 06:00
=Solomon Mahlangu principalMncedi Mtengwana (left) together with Kamvalethu Rengqe(Matric of Year: Commuity Service) and his parents Sandile and Nolubabalo Rengqe. Photo:SUPPLIED

=Solomon Mahlangu principalMncedi Mtengwana (left) together with Kamvalethu Rengqe(Matric of Year: Commuity Service) and his parents Sandile and Nolubabalo Rengqe. Photo:SUPPLIED

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Kamvalethu Rengqe, a Grade 12 learner at Solomon Mahlangu High School in KwaNo-buhle, was the winner of the Community Award in The Herald Matric of the Year Competition 2017.

“We thank God for the wisdom He has given us to unearth Kamvalethu’s ability and talents and to expose him to the outside world. He has uplifted the school’s name throughout his school career,” said Mncedi Mtengwana, principal of Solomon Mahlangu High School.

According to Mtengwana they first noticed Kamvalethu during 2013 when he was awarded badges for achieving 1st place in 6 subjects whilst in Grade 8.

“He continued to consistently achieve extremely well academically. Since 2015 he has attended the Engen Star School programme at Nelson Mandela University for Maths and Science,” said Mtengwana.

The Science teacher at the school, Mr Stuurman, said, “As a teacher you tend to meet new learners all the time and are not sure what to expect from them. Backgrounds differ, their societal environment differs and one is not sure where they get their inspiration from.

“I can boldly say, Kamvalethu Rengqe was one of the unique students that crossed my path as an educator.

“When Kamvalethu speaks people listen. He speaks with a powerful authority and never fails to provide insight, knowledge or encouragement and even humour,” said Stuurman.

This year Kamvalethu took part in a competition run by the Department of Energy where he composed a project that was used to generate electricity. His project was amongst the top 5 in the Eastern Province and he went to the Nationals where he, out of almost 290 learners, was among the top 4. For this Kamvalethu received numerous awards which include a bursary for his tertiary studies.

He has also participated in the annual Eskom Science Expos and last year received a gold medal and other prizes for an innovative project called “Desalination Device” that he created from used material.

“Kamvalethu has influenced almost every science learner in the school with his wise words whenever learners asked for assistance in Physical Sciences. We now have learners who aspire to be like him based on his academic achievements as a scholar,” said Mr Stuurman.

As a Grade 10 learner, Kamvalethu was selected as a member of the YCAP team (Youth Citizen Action Programme). It was a first for Solomon Mahlangu and Kamvalethu was the team leader who took the team to the Provincial final and eventually as the national winners.

“This was the first time an Eastern Province team had won the competition,” said Mr Stuurman.

The team’s project on late coming was endorsed by Department of Education at national level as a blue print for any school to follow in combating late coming.

During 2016 he was nominated by YCAP and became one of the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Rising Stars.

His parents Sandile and Nolubabalo Rengqe are very supportive and passionate about their childrens’ education and the education of youth in general.

Kamvalethu has been provisionally accepted by Nelson Mandela University to study Computer Science.

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