As someone who never liked school, Ayanda made the decision to drop out of Grade 9 in 2010. It wasn’t until two years later in 2012 when Ayanda joined the Clan and met Lawrence Nkomo, CAST’s Youth Development Intern at the time, that his life changed.
Later Ayanda was invited to Boys2Men Camp by George Mwaura, and there his eyes were opened to the importance of education. He made up his mind to pursue a B com in Accounting, and applied at University of Pretoria. However, when his plans didn’t work out, he went to Durban University of Technology to apply for whatever was available. Then after studying six months, Ayanda was unable to secure government loans (NSFAS) and was forced to drop out.
These challenges did not stop Ayanda from continuing his education. Instead, Ayanda looked at educational opportunities outside of Durban, where there were more openings for learners. He also worked a part-time job during the holidays to save money for university and help out his grandmother, who cares for his three siblings.
Now Ayanda has started his first year at the University of Zululand and is studying logistics management. Ayanda was able to use his savings from his part-time job to cover his registration fee entirely, and CAST assisted him in reserving accommodation.
As Ayanda explains, “Moving away from home has been a great experience. It’s what I always wanted and I’ve learned to be independent.”
CAST believes in encouraging young people to pursue further education in order to equip them to be self-sufficient and productive in their communities. We believe that communities are transformed when young people are able to pursue their education and give back to their home communities. While Ayanda has worked very hard to cover most of his university expenses on his own, he still needs some support with the additional cost of textbooks, stationary, etc. If you are interested in empowering Ayanda to pursue his education, please contact George Mwaura at: firstname.lastname@example.org