UFH Graduate’s Foundation Contributes to Early Childhood Development Initiatives

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Mr Siyasibulela Kepe is bold and wise. And he is 25 years old!

He is a University of Fort Hare alumnus and philanthropist who is determined to bring change to the lives of hundreds of primary school learners.

This, he achieves through his foundation, the Kepe Foundation, which hosted its 3rd annual Prize Giving ceremony on 1 November at New Generation Primary School in Egoli Township, East London.

Kepe graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting Science during the UFH May graduation this year. However, his passion to make a difference in society became evident in 2017 when he used his R2000 scholarship allowance to establish and register the Kepe Foundation.

Themed “Nurturing Golden Futures”, the awards recognise learners who have excelled in academics, sports, and arts. On the day, top achievers went home with beautifully framed certificates, medals and trophies.

The highest leadership award, named after Prof Lana Weldon, UFH Associate Professor and Head of Governance and Auditing Associate at the Nkuhlu Department of Accounting was awarded to the most innovative learner who possesses the best leadership skills. The top learner in Mathematics received the Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng Award, named after SA Mathematician, Researcher and University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor.

In an interview with This Week @Fort Hare, Kepe described the foundation as a network of helping hands that advance early childhood development initiatives to under-resourced primary schools.

“We imagine a province, in fact, a nation where every child has an opportunity to fulfil and maximize their potential. We strive to build mechanisms to develop, design, and birth new initiatives that will ensure fundamental Early Childhood Development reaches and benefits every child, regardless of their circumstances,” said Kepe.

In addition to the awards, the foundation also hosts Spelling Bee and reading competitions to address the high rate of illiteracy. It also teaches learners to be financial savvy through a programme called the “Basic Wealth principles for children” which aims to address financial illiteracy using fun, games and songs.

The guest speaker at the awards was none other than our very own Prof Lana Weldon after whom the leadership award is named.

Good Luck to Mr Kepe and his foundation.  The future looks very bright.