Lovedale TVET College bade farewell to a second batch of students during a special gala luncheon event on 10 May 2019. The purpose of the exchange programme is to expose students to the Chinese culture, including the food and language. The EWSETA (The Energy and Water SETA), along with Chinese International Culture Centre were the key stakeholders of this initiative. The Chinese International Culture Centre served as a link for the students, while EWSETA paid the students’ monthly stipends. The students worked at Chinese organizations, while attending class once a week.
The ten engineering students who returned from a year-long student exchange programme, were also present, along with their proud parents. Two of the students, Anelisa and Sigaba and Odwa Buyeye shared their experiences and advice with the departing students. Sigaba said: “It took a lot of adjusting to the new surroundings. The best thing about their education system is that they let you choose your own speed and you are not being judged by the scores on your worksheet. My advice to the students who are going to China is to work hard, be open minded, be active and to not give up.” Buyeye was inspired by his exposure and shared ideas on how to improve South Africa. “In China, solar panels are used to generate energy, hence there is never any load shedding. My wish is that South Africa can make use of this method of generating power so that we can be self-sufficient too. Also, the agricultural methods are very good. People mostly grow their own foods and this is also what we should strive for,” said Buyeye.
Parents expressed their sincere gratitude for the experience and opportunities that their children were exposed to.
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