Dear Friends of KF:
The second academic term has concluded in Zambia and we are excited to share the achievements and activities of our Kucetekela Foundation scholars and program.
As you know, KF currently supports 32 students at two secondary schools in Lusaka as well as 26 outstanding alumni who are working and studying across the globe. Our current students have maintained the high standard set by the KF scholars who preceded them and continue to inspire all of us. Here are a few of the highlights from Term 2:
• Two KF scholars attended the inaugural Yale Young African Scholars Program in August at the University of Ghana in Accra. From more than 1200 applicants, two KF scholars were offered places in this program organized and run by Yale University students and faculty members. The program is a week-long high intensity program to teach secondary students from Africa about global issues and strategize about innovative solutions. It was an honor to have KF students involved and they had an outstanding experience!
• Organized by KF alumni, we hosted our first official KF reunion event in August in Lusaka. Many of our alumni attended, all our current students were also there as well as several volunteers and local supporters of our program. This is certain to be an annual event!
• In July, KF welcomed our new Princeton-in-Africa Fellow – Olivia Thompson. This is the sixth year that KF has partnered with Princeton-in-Africa. Olivia is a 2014 graduate of University of Michigan with a degree from the Ford School of Public Policy. She plans to focus her fellowship at KF on expanding the academic tutoring systems for KF scholars as well as strengthening the gap year programs for KF alumni as they transition to tertiary education and formal employment.
• The KF students are high achieving outside the classroom as well. In Term 2, there was a major theatrical production of Oliver Twist at Pestalozzi Education Centre and seven KF students earned parts including several main roles. All students had a wonderful experience and did outstanding jobs!
• A team of volunteers and supporters undertook our third annual Bike for KF in New York City in September. This event has become an important fundraiser for KF and this year we had 16 riders participate and raised more than $25,000! The KF students made a video to motivate and thank the riders and we encourage you to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3n5fDzGojE&feature=youtu.be
Here is a letter from Margaret thanking her supporters.
Hello friends of KF!
At Chalo Trust, Margaret still participates in the JETS math and science club where she presented an exhibit on the dangers of global warming to her fellow classmates. She is also a member of the Community Service Club. Margaret participated in the fashion show and designed a line of clothes for the fashion show. She really enjoys modeling and would love to model in the future. At Traditional Day, Margaret was awarded with the position of Head Girl of Chalo Trust. Additionally, Margaret was identified by the Zambian US Embassy to participate in the 2014 Pan- African Youth Leadership Program.
Margaret’s ThoughtsAt the beginning of this school year, Margaret assumed the Head Girl position at Chalo Trust and she feels very blessed to be in this position and she wants to use the position to promote change at her school. Margaret believes in developing leaders that implement positive change. Additionally, Margaret really inspires to study in Australia one day and she knows that she has to keep working hard to achieve this goal. Lastly. Margaret aspires to be a pharmacist and wants to help many Zambians throughout her life.
The first term in Zambia concluded last month. As expected, Margaret continued to have excellent results. Please see her Term I results.
We hope this update finds you well and enjoying a great start to 2014! The academic year in Zambia concluded in December with several more milestone achievements for Kucetekela Foundation (KF). All six of our Grade 12 KF scholars graduated which continues our proud record of 100% graduation rate, now over the past seven years of operation.
KF supported 29 students in secondary school during 2013 as well as 20 alumni who are now studying or working in Zambia and other countries across the globe! Our students in 2013 continued our record of high academic achievement. Many of our students earned academic awards for their excellence and several students also earned awards for outstanding character and leadership. Nearly all of our eligible students were awarded with a prefect position for the 2014, which is an honor our students have earned through demonstration of their leadership skills. In the third term, our students have been particularly active in their community service projects which continue to develop and expand in the students’ home communities and schools. For individual stories from our current students and alumni, please check out our students’ blog site: http://kfstudentstories.blogspot.com
Margaret finished off the year very strong. Attached are her Term 3 results from 2013. We are very proud of her continued success.
For Margaret's second term of her Grade 11 Year at the Chalo Trust School in Lusaka, Zambia, Margaret was first in her class! In 7 out of the 8 classes she took, she received 5 A's and two A+'s. For the 2013 school year, Margaret has been studying English, Math, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Accounts, Commerce, and IT.
Margaret continues to lead by example, as we expect all of our students to do. We are thrilled that she remains number one in her class and continues to excel. Margaret was the highest ranked student in her grade last year, too.
Margaret remains involved with her extracurricular activities as well such as the Junior Engineers Technicians and Scientists (JETS) club, a math and science club which she has been involved with for several years. Margaret is also involved in a new club at her school called Communication Forum, which focuses on debate, poetry, and article writing. Margaret loves to write poems and is passionate about poetry. Margaret also loves medicine and aspires to be a pharmacist.
Margaret received awards at her school for being the female who was involved in the most activities and the student who has the most discipline. She was also awarded the title of Miss Chalo because of her exemplary behavior and her ability to be a role model to others. Additionally, Margaret was chosen to be the Vice Head Girl of the Chalo Trust School as well.
As you can see, Margaret is doing exceptionally well in all areas of her life -- academically, extra curricularly, and socially.
Attached is Margaret’s report card showing her excellent 2013 Term 2 results.
Thank you so much for your support of Margaret. Your support provides her with a life changing education and a chance to be a successful student and citizen.
The Kucetekela Foundation
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