A year in the life of Maltas members

17 December 2018 | Education

Since the inception of Maltas in 2011, students from various universities auditioned to secure a year membership in the club.

This year's team kicked off their boot camp at Gross Barman in March. After numerous challenges, it was time to say goodbye to some of the nominees, as a brand new team as inaugurated in a lavish “Vegas”-themed ceremony at the NUST Hotel School in April. This year's award ceremony was graced by the vice president, Nangolo Mbumba, who has been the Maltas patron since 2011.



Highlights

Thereafter the new team began their monthly visits to the cancer ward at the central hospital, and speaking to high school learners (including NAMCOL) about the importance of staying in school and finishing their school career successfully.

Other highlights of the year include collecting sanitary towels with the support of numerous organisations, personal friends and acquaintances. This year, the team raised the bar by collecting more sanitary towels than any other Maltas team. These pads will be handed over to the Eluwa Special School, Helvi Kondombolo School (Nambinga) and the Omagalanga Primary School in Oshikuku in February next year. Except for the national trips, the team also travelled to Cape Town for an official visit to the University of Stellenbosch where they learned more about educational best practices that makes that university such a successful educational institution. On a different note, each team member was photographed by Come Namibia Photographers, to develop their personal portfolio for Maltas and beyond.

Before their year comes to an end, there is still one more international trip – Las Vegas, Nevada, which the team will embark upon in mid-January 2019. Another thing to look forward to, is the launching of the Alumni (from 2011 to 2018) official book club in March 2019.



First-hand experience

For Tuyeni Absalom (Malta's Community Development Manager) this was a year very different compared to any other.

“Gosh, I got my own passport!” she says, adding that the club afforded her the opportunity to discover her identity. She also developed soft skills which no textbook will ever teach and above all, she learned how to work as a team.

As an education student at the International University of Management, Tuyeni narrated from the scholarly works of a renowned behavioural theorists, that although group formation can lead to “social loafing”, this was not even an option for her.

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