A Scholars’ Development Camp was held from the 1st to the 4th of April this year. Both the Grade 8s and 9s within the Scholarship Programme spent the weekend together at Haboniem Campsite in Hermanus. The camp provided the ideal setting for working on the Scholars’ entrepreneurial mindsets. They visited various sites to learn about the day-to-day lives of real-life entrepreneurs and worked with tutors to improve their study and reading skills. They also listened to presentations by Candidate Fellows and entrepreneurs and gave presentations themselves.
Imitha Gala, one of the Scholars described the experience as follows: “It was a significant weekend … certain people were called to help us with our academics and our reading speed and we did all the activities in groups, which taught us team co-operation, fast thinking and confidence. I learnt that being an entrepreneur is not easy because you will have challenges along the way, but the only way to overcome them is if you have passion for what you are doing and persevere through it all and … [ask] for help when you need it. I also learnt that being an entrepreneur is not only about sitting in your office and being on your computer but also about exploring the world around you, coming up with ideas and doing some presentations to let others know about what y ou are doing. The [different speakers’] presentations really stood out for me … It was very fascinating to listen to those confident speakers and their wonderful ideas.”
Sammi Smith, also a Scholar had the following to say about the experience: “… Many [of us, the Grade 8 and 9 Scholars] met for the first time at the camp. We did countless presentations, which was tiring, but when we had eventually perfected them or at least showed a great improvement, it was all worth it. We got a chance to interact with the Candidate Fellows, some of whom had been Scholars too. [They] understood what we were going through and they gave some great advice on how to survive high school; this was my highlight of the camp. It was a remarkable weekend because it was not just [about getting] training in the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. It became a camp where we as the Grade 8s and 9s had a chance to engage with older and wiser versions of ourselves. I learnt so much at the camp. It added realness to my dreams of becoming a Candidate Fellow and entrepreneur.”
by Imitha Gala and Sammi Smith