We recently caught up with Fellow Bulukani Ndlovu. When he’s not tending to numbers as a CA or out in the wee hours of the morning, training for the Two Oceans Marathon, Bulukani can be found visiting high schools and chatting to learners about their future prospects.
He co-founded the Beyond Matric Foundation with a colleague while based in Durban. The two of them had noticed a tendency among Grade 9 through 12 learners to make attaining Matric their be all and end all. And more often than not these Matriculants would be either ill-equipped for the career they wished to pursue or they had no clue what their options were.
Through the Beyond Matric Foundation they are able to provide high school youth for career guidance. They work primarily in underprivileged schools and invite volunteers from various professions, whom they call Beyond Matric Champions, to speak to the learners. “We encourage learners to think beyond just attaining the Matric qualification. They should be aware of career opportunities as early as Grade 9 so that they can make informed decisions when choosing their subjects in Grade 10,” says Bulukani.
They try to visit at least one school per month with volunteers. Bulukani is spearheading the project in a Gauteng township and is appealing to all you professionals out there: “We need more Champions to join us and make a difference in our communities.” If this is an opportunity that interests you, please contact Bulukani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish Bulukani well with his work at the Beyond Matric Foundation as well as his endeavours to become a champion of another kind this year. He’s aiming to finish the Two Oceans 56km in under 5 hours and 30 minutes. Good luck, Bulukani!