We are delighted to report that Edna’s project on Global Giving has been successfully funded! Thanks to your support, Edna now has the financial support to complete her secondary school education in Zambia. Edna completed Grade 11 this month (December) and is excited to start Grade 12, her final year, in January 2012. She hopes and expects to attend university after graduation – a testament to the commitment Edna has made to her education, leadership and future success. Her achievements could not have been possible without your support.
After Edna graduates from secondary school in December 2012, she will have a full school year before she plans to enroll in a Zambian university. This is the process for all Zambian graduates and Edna hopes to make the most of it. Kucetekela Foundation will help her do so.
Any additional contributions for Edna through Global Giving will be used to support her “gap” year including her work internships and further development and implementation of community service projects. Edna also intends to serve as a tutor for current Kucetekela Foundation students.
Thank you again for supporting Edna and the Kucetekela Foundation. With your help, we are providing a better life for these exceptional students.
Here is a letter from Edna thanking her sponsors and a picture of her with a fellow KF scholar, Joseph Chonza.
See Edna's first term school report from Leopards Hill Secordary School. She continues to remain one of the top students in her class!
Edna's work experience comments:
My work experience week was very tiresome but also very exciting at the same time. I worked at the Ministry of Finance in the office of the Treasury department with the budge ant financial accountability adviser, who is also my mentor, Mrs Kay Blackburn.
The people I worked with during my week at the Ministry of Finance dealt much with economics and I learnt how the national planning is done and present in our country, Zambia. I am happy to say that I learnt a lot from my mentor who is my employer at the Ministry of Finance. I was taught how to use many things. Things like photocopiers, printers and computers and every day I used these equipments when doing my work experience. I was also given breaks to do whatever I wanted to do on the computers and it was this time that I took advantage of the computer and researched on my History topics from school. I also made a yahoo account so that I can get in touch with my friends and my sponsors. I was happy to receive an email from Miss Elisabeth Denniston.
I really learnt a lot from my work experience week and I thank the people I worked with for their kindness, hospitality and support that they showed me at the Ministry of Finance. I would like to go back and do the real principles of accounts at the Ministry if I will be given another educating opportunity like this. I would also like to see and work with Miss Chilufya, my employers assistant who was always with me and I was very free to ask Chilufya where I was not clear during my work experience week.
I met people who inspired me with the way they did their work and some of them talked to me about their lives and what brought them to the Ministry of Finance. Talking to people who are not my age made me feel matured and encouraged me to do what others did at the Ministry in terms of working and courtesy.
I really learnt a lot and thank you Kucetekela Foundation for grating me this memorable opportunity to take part in the working environment and experience different things before I complete my secondary school.
Thank you very much Kucetekela Foundation.
Name: Edna Lungu
Date of birth: 23rd February 1994
Place of birth: Lusaka
Mother’s name: Charity M. Lungu
Father’s name: Salim Lungu
Primary School: Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe
Secondary School: Leopards Hill Secondary School
2011 Level: Grade 11
Edna comes from a household with both parents. She is the oldest of the four children. Her younger siblings are Salim who is 14, Trever, 10, Christian, 4, and Irene, an infant. The father was a spray painter at Southern Cross Motors, but he has since been laid off. The family has since moved in with Edna’s grandparents while Mr. Lungu looks for work. Despite these difficulties, the scholarship has helped the parents afford to send their other children to school. Through Edna’s example, her brothers and sisters are working hard to succeed.
Edna’s mother remarked that Edna’s manners and confidence have markedly improved during her two years at Leopards Hill. During the holidays, she helps out around the house, cooking n’shima and relishes for her entire family
Edna’s educational background:
Primary – Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Basic School
Edna was such a dedicated and disciplined student in primary school compared to most of her fellow students. She travelled 45 minutes each day to attend school, and, even so, would usually remain behind after classes to study. It is not surprising therefore that Edna has an unbeatable academic track record at her primary school.
At Leopards Hill Secondary School
Edna got off to a great start in grade 8, earning 7 distinctions in her last examinations and also placing first in the overall academic class standing.
Edna continued to excel during grade 9, beginning to take advantage of the far more rigorous work load at Leopards Hill.
Grade 9 Academic Achievements:
Edna has continued to make her family and KF proud. She finished the year in second position, just behind Bwalya, another KF student (she earned an impressive 3 As).. Though Additional Maths has been a challenge for her, she plans working extra hard to improve her marks in that subject. She continues to be an active presence at her school, motivating others to work hard and to get involved. At the annual prize-giving day at the end of the year, Edna received awards for best student in history and religious education. Edna was recently selected as a prefect at LHS for next year as well as a dorm captain, an enormous honor for students at the school. She is hoping to continue her academic excellence during grade 11.
Edna is a very active girl, taking the opportunity to be involved in as many programs as possible to gain exposure and experience. She is currently involved in an Anti-Aids club, the JETS club, and drama. She also features on the school’s football, netball and basketball teams. Netball is her favorite sport, and she was very proud of scoring 18 goals in a recent match against Lusaka East School. Edna also competes in track-and-field. Edna pointed to the Model United Nations event at LHS as another highlight from the year.
During the August work experience week, Edna worked with her mentor, Kay, at the ministry of finance where she learned about the budget and accounting process as well as how to produce organized excel spreadsheets. Her boss described her as a bright girl, a quick learner.
Off the field, Edna also participates in community service, tutoring neighboring children during her school breaks.
Edna would like to be an accountant because of her love of Mathematics: “I would love to continue with it and also have a job that has to do with maths.”
Edna’s role model:
Edna’s role model is her grandfather because she admires his accomplishments and perseverance. When both his parents passed away when he was in secondary school, he was forced to stop school and begin working in construction, making cement blocks. He worked for six months and then was able to raise enough funds to return a finish school. He then found sponsorship to attend college, attaining a degree in accounts. Her grandfather faced even more tragedy in his adult life—losing four of his children to illness. Nevertheless, he persevered and provided for his wife and five other children.
What others think of Edna:
Edna is a very quiet, but brilliant, young girl. She is very serious about her work and all her teachers say that studies are clearly her first priority. Edna is consistently first or second in her class.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank KF for the help my parents and I are getting. Thank you for everything you have done and are still doing for me. As a member of KF I have learnt a lot of things. It’s not only in my academic learning but also in life. “
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