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Econet powers a dream!

MASERU – IT was a hearty send-off for two Basotho students who are going to further their studies in the United States, thanks to Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL) and its sister company Liquid Telecom.
The students, Ramosakeng Lenyatsa and Iketleng Lekhooana, will be sponsored by Higherlife Foundation Lesotho.

ETL Public Relations Officer, Puleng Litabe, said Lenyatsa will be studying Mathematics and Economics in Finance while Lekhooana will be studying Business Administration with a minor in Sports Management.
Higherlife Foundation has been assisting the two students since they were in high school.
A farewell ceremony for the students was held at the Lehakoe Recreational Centre on Tuesday.

Litabe said Higherlife Foundation is assisting the students to pursue their dreams and they believe they are the ones to enhance the economy of the country through the skills they would have acquired abroad.
ETL Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Plaatjies, said it was his second time to wish students a good journey to study in the US.

“Higherlife Foundation Lesotho has been helping these two candidates, whom were are now wishing them a good journey to America, ever since they were in high school,’’ Plaatjies said.
Plaatjies said Higherlife Foundation Lesotho was established in 1996 by Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa, a London-based Zimbabwean business couple that founded Econet Wireless, out of their personal convictions.
The programme equips young Africans with education and skills that are necessary to help them thrive in today’s competitive world.
This is done by investing in human capital to build thriving individuals, communities and sustainable livelihoods.

Plaatjies said the good news about the scholarship is that it does not bind students studying abroad to come home after completing their studies so that they can work in the country to settle their debts.
“They can still work abroad and support their families,’’ he said.
He said ETL and Liquid Telecom through Higherlife Foundation have supported 1 313 scholars in Lesotho and Waterford Kamhlaba United World College since 2011.

He said 25 international scholarships have been awarded to Basotho students.
Plaatjies said about 63 students graduated from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) while others graduated from Lerotholi Polytechnic.
He said this year they will be having eight students graduating from the NUL.
“We are having a plan of not assisting only the vulnerable students but also the students who are high flyers,’’ he said.
Lechesa Lenyatsa, a parent of one of the scholars, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the ETL for the assistance.
He said he single-handedly raised his children when his wife died.
“I was very concerned about my child’s education because I noticed that he is a very brilliant person,’’ he said.

He urged Basotho to support ETL so that it can continue helping other Basotho who will in future become stars of this country.
He said in most cases, students have a mentality that when they work hard, they please teachers or they seek their attention.
Lenyatsa said studying is not about attending classes but seeking to learn every day.

Bahlakoana Mabetha who is a product of Higherlife Foundation Lesotho has already graduated from Harvard University where he studied Electrical Engineering.
Mabetha said in 2011 he was very fortunate enough to be selected by the Foundation to go and study in Eswatini where the scholarship paved the way to an international university.
“If it was not for the Foundation, some of our dreams could not have happened,’’ he said.

Refiloe Mpobole


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