2008 Mentor Luncheon

On March 15th, 2008, the Kucetekela Foundation (KF) organized and hosted a luncheon for the KF mentors and the Grade Eight students at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel. The purpose of the luncheon was to orient the mentors to the KF program, to define their roles and responsibilities, and to introduce them to their respective students.

Each KF student is assigned a mentor. The mentor is a Zambian, or Zambian resident, that is willing to donate his/her time to the student and KF through periodic correspondence and face-to-face meetings with the student. KF identifies and selects the mentors by their ability to be a positive, successful role model for KF students and their commitment to the program. The student-mentor meetings provides the KF student any needed guidance, support, and other resources through their secondary education. Additionally, KF helps to organize periodic meetings and events for all students and mentors in order to cultivate camaraderie and personal relationships between all mentors and students alike.

The luncheon commenced with an overview of the KF program. Mr. Joseph Simfukwe, KF’s Programs Officer, provided a comprehensive presentation of the KF program, while highlighting the progress and development KF has made since its inception. KF currently contracts with three partner schools, has enrolled 20 students, each receiving financial and mentorship support, and is proud of the academic and co-curricular achievements earned by many of its students.

To help the mentors learn about the schools that the KF students attend, administrators from the Leopards Hill Secondary School, the Ibex Hill Secondary School, and the Chalo Trust School gave presentations outlining their respective school’s history, location, academic training, mission and merits of their current students.

Mrs. Florence Nkowane, an Executive Director, then discussed and defined the role of a mentor. She described a successful mentor as a teacher, coach, and advisor and who made face-to-face contact with the mentee at least once an academic term and once while the school is in recess. The role of a mentor is to help the student set goals while guiding him/her to develop the skills, habits and traits necessary for him/her to achieve his/her goals. Mrs. Nkowane suggested that the mentors introduce themselves to the school coordinators, attend school events, and build relationships with the parents/guardian of the mentee, while keeping them informed of any developments. In conclusion, Mrs. Nkowane thanked the mentors for making a commitment to open doors of possibilities and creating a haven of hope for vulnerable children in Zambia.

Mr. Simfukwe also led the mentors and mentees into an interactive mentor-mentee introduction. The mentors and the mentees used the questionnaires that they had exchange to introduce each other. The mentor introduced his mentee by his/her name, the name of the parents/guardians and their occupation. Similarly, the mentee introduced his/her mentor by his/her name and occupation.

In closing the luncheon, Mr. Simfukwe thanked all in attendance and echoed the importance of the mentor-mentee relationship and asserted that it is a vital ingredient in giving vulnerable children and the country as a whole a better future.

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