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2017: Our Year in Review

“Imagine Scholar staff and students have come together in an effort to build one of the most robust and innovative education programs on the continent of Africa. We’ve made huge strides towards this goal in 2017; our students and alumni brimming with success stories.

The beauty of our organizational culture is that each students’ success lays the groundwork for future progress. Defining a sound moral compass that is steered by passion and places an emphasis on community and character development positions each graduate of our program to act as a force for positive change among their peers.”

 

-Corey Johnson, Executive Director 

This year’s successes are just the beginning. Thank you to all of our friends and supporters, donors and advocates who have helped us reach these important milestones:

Student acceptances and graduates:

6 Students were awarded the Mastercard Foundation Scholarship:

  • Mandisa will be attending the American University of Beirut in Lebanon
  • Tandzile will be attending United States International University in Kenya
  • Muzi will be attending the African Leadership University in Mauritius
  • Sandiso, Loveness, and Florence will be attending the African University in Zimbabwe

Special programs:

Student achievements:

  • Rodger’s solar power project was fully funded on #GivingTuesday! The implementation of this project will begin in 2018
  • Enky received all 7s (perfect score) on her high school matriculation exams
  • Allan and Sphiwe will be representing Imagine Scholar at the National Chess Championships
  • Nokwanda finished 2nd place in the Eskom National Science Competition

Community action projects enacted:

  • Phila – created app call ‘Anxiety Slayer’ to help teens overcome test anxiety
  • Lucky – podcast to share IS knowledge with other teens in Nkomazi
  • Nosipho – 2 reading clubs for grade 8 students
  • Carol – improv group
  • Nomcebo – training young girls to sew and make own clothes
  • Shadrack – mentorship program for primary school students around environmentalism
  • Glen – program to help grade 8s explore passions
  • Innocent – created website to assist others with communication
  • Chawe – created mini-documentary to capture IS story
  • Jeanet – chess critical thinking club for grade 8 students

We sincerely thank and appreciate everyone who has been a part of our journey in 2017 and those who continue to support our mission into 2018. We look forward to an even bigger and brighter year to come!

Portia’s Daily Routine

Inspired by My Morning Routine, we are showcasing the routines of our extraordinary students. 

Portia’s daily routine:

1) What time do you get up in the morning? Do you use an alarm? Do you hit snooze?

I usually get up at 7 for an 8 o’clock class. I don’t use an alarm all the time. If it happens that I have it on, I snooze it all the time.

2) What is the first thing you do every day?

Usually, I spend 10 minutes in bed while awake, and think about things I have to get done that day.

3) Tell us about your morning routine before leaving the house

I always make sure that every morning I do 50 jumping jacks before taking a shower. It always gets me ready for the day. If I have time after getting ready I eat breakfast, if not I eat a fruit on my way to class.

4) What time do you leave for school? 

I leave 10 minutes before class because the campus is only 5 to 7 minutes away.

5) What time do you leave school? What happens then?

I finish most of my classes before or at 1 o’clock.  I immediately go back to res and get lunch. After having lunch, I head straight to my room to take a nap and wake up at 5 o’clock and take a shower. Afterwards, I make dinner and get my study material ready to study. I don’t usually study during the day because I always feel tired, and use it as time to process what I learned that day.

6) What time do you head to Imagine Scholar? 

I usually go there when I have finished my chores for the day.

7) While at IS, what takes up most of your time? What are you most focused on?

I usually take part in classes when I do not have anything pressing to do. I sometimes make a plan for the semester ahead, evaluating my performance for the previous semester, and how do I plan to improve. I also hang out with everyone or read books.

8) Where do you go after IS and how do you spend your time?

I always go home and spent time watching TV and talk to my siblings. I also help them with school work if need be.

9) When do you have dinner and spend time with your family or friends?

Usually at 7 pm, and I spend time with my family and friends during the weekends or on days when I did not go to Imagine scholar.

10) What time do you go to bed?

At 9:30 pm when I am home, but at school, I sleep at 11:30.

 

 

Norman’s Daily Routine

Inspired by My Morning Routine, we are showcasing the routines of our extraordinary students. 

Norman’s daily routine:

1) What time do you get up in the morning? Do you use an alarm? Do you hit snooze?

Usually, around 6:30 if I have 7:30 classes or I have an exam, assignment or have to be somewhere. Otherwise, it’ll be around 7:00. Yeah, I set alarm on my phone. Honestly, I hit it more than once most times.

2) What is the first thing you do every day?

Check my phone for messages.

3) Tell us about your morning routine before leaving the house

I wake up, Go for a 20 min jog, have a shower, have breakfast, check school emails and to do’s list and then leave.

4) What time do you leave for school?

15 min before my class, it takes 12 min to walk to campus.

5) What time do you leave school? What happens then?

Varies on what time is my last class. Mostly I leave at 15:00, get to where I stay, take a nap/chill and listen to music/ hang out with friends, go to soccer practice at 17: 30-return at 19:30, Shower, then do next day’s todo’s list, schoolwork afterward.

6) What time do you head to Imagine Scholar? 

Anytime, When I’m home I prefer coming in in the afternoons.

7) While at IS, what takes up most of your time? What are you most focused on?

It depends on what I have to work on. There’s a time when I come in to join class or workshops then there are times when I come into work on personal projects.

8) Where do you go after IS and how do you spend your time?

Again it depends on what I had planned for that day, be it visiting and hanging out with friends, or doing personal stuff.

9) When do you have dinner and spend time with your family or friends?

I don’t have dinner with family, I just eat when I get home. Unless my friend is there with me then we’ll probably have dinner together when we get home (Just anytime after the process of cooking)

10) What time do you go to bed?

If I plan to sleep early it’s usually at 22:00. Otherwise, I sleep anytime when I finish whatever it is that I have to do. There are times when I slept around 3 am or 4 am due to assignments, projects with friends or personal projects.

 

Nosipho’s Daily Routine

Inspired by My Morning Routine, we are showcasing the routines of our extraordinary students. 

Nosipho’s daily routine:

  1. What time do you get up in the morning? Do you use an alarm? Do you hit snooze?

For me, it depends on which day. If I am going to school, I wake at 5 O’clock, but if I do not I wake up around 7 O’clock. When I wake up at 5, I use the alarm and I do not hit snooze.

  1. What is the first thing you do every day?

Sometimes I wake to pour water in the kettle or I read a novel.

  1. Tell us about your morning routine before leaving the house

I pour water, take a bath, wear my school uniform, brush my teeth, make up my bed, sometimes I eat and then go to school.

  1. What time do you leave for school?

Around 06:20

  1. What time do you leave school? What happens then?

School comes out either at 14:30, or at 13:40, and I head to Imagine Scholar.

  1. What time do you head to Imagine Scholar? 

Around 13:45 or 14:00

  1. While at IS, what takes up most of your time? What are you most focused on?

I check my emails or do academics

  1. Where do you go after IS and how do you spend your time?

I go home and I spend my time by doing dishes, watching a 30-minute show, reading a novel and sometimes studying.

  1. When do you have dinner and spend time with your family or friends?

I normally have dinner around 19:00 and I spend time with my family in the afternoons. I do not usually visit my friends so I get to spend my time with them at school

  1. What time do you go to bed?

Around 22:00 to 23:00.

Lucky’s Daily Routine

Inspired by My Morning Routine, we are showcasing the routines of our extraordinary students. 

Lucky’s daily routine:

  1. What time do you get up in the morning? Do you use an alarm? Do you hit snooze?

I wake up at 5:30 am and I use an alarm. I hit snooze sometimes.

  1. What is the first thing you do every day?

I play music on my phone.

  1. Tell us about your morning routine before leaving the house

I play music, take a bath, iron my school uniform, have breakfast then leave for school.

  1. What time do you leave for school?

During exam time I leave around 07:10 am and during normal school days, around 06:45 am

  1. What time do you leave school? What happens then?

On Monday I leave school by 14:30 and go home. With the other four days, I leave school around 13:40 to attend Imagine Scholar.

  1. What time do you head to Imagine Scholar? 

During school days I head to Imagine Scholar around 13:45. From home I leave around 11 pm.

  1. While at IS, what takes up most of your time? What are you most focused on?

While at Imagine Scholar I spend most of my time having discussions with other students and facilitators. Other days I work on my academics and check emails. I also play chess while at Imagine Scholar.

  1. Where do you go after IS and how do you spend your time?

I go home after Imagine Scholar. I spend my time reading a book, listening to music, doing academics and helping my siblings with chores.

  1. When do you have dinner and spend time with your family or friends?

I usually have dinner and spend time with my family around 20:00. I do not have any friends outside of school and Imagine Scholar, therefore after leaving Imagine Scholar I go straight home.

  1. What time do you go to bed?

I go to bed around 22:30.

Shadrack’s Daily Routine

Inspired by My Morning Routine, we are showcasing the routines of our extraordinary students. 

Shadrack’s daily routine:

  1. What time do you get up in the morning? Do you use an alarm? Do you hit snooze?

Weekdays I wake up around 5H00-5H30, but on weekends around 6H00-6H45, when it’s school season I use a timer to wake me up (alarm).

  1. What is the first thing you do every day?

Before I get out of bed, I read for about 20-25 minutes on weekends, but school days I do warm-up activities.

  1. Tell us about your morning routine before leaving the house

School days, I wake up and tidy my bedroom, bath and prepare my books and then walk to school. On weekends I do my laundry around 7-8am, fetch water from the neighbor, clean the house and do the doing dishes. Then I will bath and go to Imagine Scholar. On Sundays, I do some domestic work before church.

  1. What time do you leave for school?

I leave the house 6H30, late is 6H45.

  1. What time do you leave school? What happens then?

After school bell rings at 14H15 at my school I go to the taxi station to Imagine Scholar, except on Wednesday because school out is at 13H30. We use the remaining time for sports.

  1. What time do you head to Imagine Scholar? 

From school, around 14H45 if only am not delayed by the taxi or other activities, such as submitting work after class at school.

  1. While at IS, what takes up most of your time? What are you most focused on?

On computer doing crash course, individual research on passion questions. Sometimes reading a book before class or session, but not always. When it exam season, its academics.

  1. Where do you go after IS and how do you spend your time?

After Imagine Scholar, I go to Church for 2 hours and other days just straight home and assist my sister on the home chores when she is not done. If I have plenty of time I will read a novel before I jump to study or doing homework.

  1. When do you have dinner and spend time with your family or friends?

At home we don’t have a special dinner time, immediately we finish cooking we eat, most of the time it is around 7pm running to 8pm if we are not at Church that day.

  1. What time do you go to bed?

If am not studying or completing any school-related work am sleeping at 10pm summer and winter 9H30 pm. When I have work to be done that day, I take as much time until I feel like I need to rest.

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