Melvin King, Academy Head reiterated to the guests, “The Academy and the Foundation’s mission is to ensure that each student’s educational journey goes beyond tertiary education and into meaningful employment. The Academy provides the girls with the education required and the Foundation paves the way forward in terms of funding, post-graduation. The purpose of the programme is to urge executives to assist in supporting the girls through funding and mentorship. This ensures the sustainability of the Foundation, hence the event links the student with executives.”
Four years after opening its doors, the Academy’s , first matric students graduated from OWLAG. While some have already graduated from university and are in honours programmes, many are currently in the final months before they receive their degrees and diplomas. Sixty-four of the OWLAG alumni came back to share sentiments on their journey.
Pragati Desai, OWLAG Class of 2012 and an Actuarial Science student at the University of Cape Town (UCT), said, “OWLAF has been a blessed experience that has helped me progress in my academics. Their support has been a relief and the mentorship programme helped me become emotionally prepared for tertiary and my career. In addition, it has motivated me to give back to the community by investing my time and talent in the Foundation.”
The programme of the day included an art exhibit showcasing the students’ art work, followed by a campus tour for the guests, which was led by the 10th grade ambassadors. The Foundation also hosted a raffle and auction which benefitted the tuition fund for the university students.
Essentially, we hope the alumni will return to invest their time and talents to groom other students and ultimately, bring change in their communities.
Pictured in the photo from left to right: Buhle Zulu (Class of 2012), Sue Norval (OWLAG Director of University Guidance), Elegance Gozo (Vodacom), Kerry Dawkins (MD, Potential at Work and head of mentoring program), Rebecca Sykes (President, OWLAF), Ntombikayise Gontyeleni (Class of 2011) and Melvin King (Head of Academy, OWLAG).