Education is a vital human right and plays a key role in human, social, and economic development. Education reduces poverty, boosts economic growth and increases income. It increases a person’s chances of having a healthy life, reduces maternal deaths, and combats diseases such as HIV and AIDS. Education can promote gender equality, reduce child marriage, and promote peace. It is one of the most important investments we can make.
Over the last year Operation Hope has partnered with the Hartmann Foundation to provide an educational scholarship for a nursing student.
Tengetile is a 28 year old nursing student who is currently enrolled in the Diploma of General Nursing at Good Shepherd Hospital Nursing School. She entered the Swaziland Nursing Council in 2011 after completing the nursing assistant course and has worked in general nursing over the last few years gaining much experience.
When considering her as a potential candidate for this education scholarship, she went through vigorous interviews, reference checks and questioning.
Her references gave glowing recommendations. Some of their comments were that she was compassionate, flexible, willing to learn, dedicated, ethical and went over and beyond. Great qualities for a nurse!
One of Tengetile’s responsibilities in regards to the education scholarship was to commit to engage in personal and professional development opportunities.
Operation Hope facilitates a program called Sister Act that teaches about menstrual and sexual health and sanitation. You can read more here. Tengetile has been willing to not only learn about the program but has also facilitated a couple of the sessions, quickly becoming an asset to our team.
In August she started her second year of her Diploma of Nursing and we wish her great success!
Sponsoring a student does not only change their life and future opportunities but also begins to change the fabric of society. Educated people value education, ensuring better outcomes for their children, they contribute to society, advocate for themselves and their family and become change makers.
If you, your workplace or group of friends would like sponsor a student please make contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org