Sephutile Mhlongo (Commonwealth Point of Light 8)
Sephutile Mhlongo, representing Swaziland, is the co-founder and country director of 'The Knowledge Institute', improving the academic and career prospects of young people across Swaziland.
The institute has supported students through scholarship programmes that aim to create the leaders of tomorrow by encouraging civic engagement and local social action.
The award for Sephutile was presented at the British High Commissioner’s Residence in Pretoria by Nigel Casey MVO, UK High Commissioner Designate to Swaziland.
Watch Sephutile’s response to receiving a Point of Light:
Sephutile Mhlongo, co-founder & director of ‘The Knowledge Institute’ in Swaziland 🇸🇿 is recognised as a Commonwealth #PointsofLight – a series of awards recognising inspiring volunteers from across #ourCommonwealth @UKinSouthAfrica @NigelCaseyHC @DCMS #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/91TcUDBlhi
— CHOGM London 2018 (@Commonwealth18) February 12, 2018
“I’m so honoured to receive this award. I really was not expecting it, but it’s really great that we get the recognition for the work that we do as ‘The Knowledge Institute’, which is disseminating information on available scholarship opportunities to Swazi students, mainly focusing on external education opportunities and personal development. So I’m really excited and I’m really honoured to receive this award.”
Nigel Casey MVO, UK High Commissioner Designate to Swaziland, said:
“I would like to congratulate Sephutile on receiving this recognition for the wonderful work that she does. Through engagement with young people in Swaziland, sharing her knowledge of scholarship opportunities both locally and internationally so young people have the opportunity to progress individually and to help the development of their country. Well done Sephutile on being Swaziland’s Point of Light.”
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