My name is Alizwa Cakana from Alicedale, a 19 year old student who is on the path on shaping her life. Growing up in a small town like Alicedale has made me realize the importance of empowering yourself as an individual in terms of education. Being a Sifunda Kunye facilitator in the reading club has taught me great patience, tolerance, and consistency. It has also helped me in making sure that I grasp and master the skills I had. The skill of public speaking, reading, and storytelling has helped me as a facilitator because I was dealing with children weekly. These skills have made my university life a bit bearable as they continue being stretched and practiced through me.
I had embarked on a journey of self-discovery and acquiring new skills to add to the ones I had. I am currently a student at Rhodes University and I am in my second year. The degree I chose is humanities, because I discovered that I enjoy working with people, though my school and initiatives of development presented through Sifunda Kunye educational project, I love learning and studying how human cognition and develop work against social cognition. I am majoring in Industrial Sociology, and Organizational Psychology which specifically provides knowledge on how to work with people (especially in future workplaces) and how to solve social problems amongst individuals.
Being one of the privileged learners of Hendrik Kanise Combined School, which made efforts for learners to be exposed to an advanced computer lab sponsored and fully supported by Sifunda Kunye Educational project has also played an important role in my life. The fact that teachers and learners had to work together to help each other, and explore the world around them technically has made my life easier. Basically, my student life is not complicated in terms of computer literature, due to the fact that most of the time students study online. I am able to do research thoroughly, and submit my academic work without any fear because I am computer-literate, thanks to the knowledge I got throughout my high school life.
My Varsity experience has been a bit challenging as I encountered problems with adapting to the academic environment, as well as the balance between my social life and my academic life. Social life is crucial creates bonds and relationships which can ease the load when the going gets tough. During this journey I was also taught mental well-being and awareness, also being open to learning and understanding the diversity in sexualities so as to respect each person’s rights and dignity.
I could have not been where I am today if it was not for the efforts and support from my family, teachers, Sifunda Kunye project and fellow learners at school.
They made me the individual that I am today.