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Reading: 40-year-old woman bags university degree after 14 years of working as cleaner in the school, celebrates achievement
Reading: 40-year-old woman bags university degree after 14 years of working as cleaner in the school, celebrates achievement

40-year-old woman bags university degree after 14 years of working as cleaner in the school, celebrates achievement

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40-year-old woman bags university degree after 14 years of working as cleaner in the school, celebrates achievement
40-year-old woman bags university degree after 14 years of working as cleaner in the school, celebrates achievement

After 14 years of working as a cleaner at the KwaZulu-Natal university, 40-year-old Sthembile Mngwengwe from South Africa achieved her dream of earning her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. Sthembile, a single mother to a 20-year-old daughter, was determined to demonstrate that no matter the circumstances, a degree was achievable. In order to accomplish this, she bravely utilised the scholarship provided by the university, while also attempting to manage her stressful workload of both work and studies.

“Balancing work and studies gave me a lot of stress,” said Sthembile, “but if you work hard and pray to God, He will help you to achieve what you want.” The ambitious woman also found her motivation from being on campus and seeing the professors’ offices. “I was motivated by being on campus too, seeing students walking up and down going to their lecture theatres to attend classes made me wish to be them,” she shared.

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Sthembile Mngwengwe has achieved an inspiring milestone and is an emblem of what willpower and hard work can get you.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.