21-year-old Precious Senyakanyaka has one dream in life, to be a teacher, but the road to becoming one has been long and arduous for the aspiring educator. Her hard work and dedication, even when the odds were stacked against her, is what made her our final Big September bursary winner.
Precious matriculated from Sir Pierre Ryneveld High School, in Kempton Park, in 2014. In 2015, she enrolled for a Bachelors of Education at UNISA, but didn't apply to any universities to study full-time because she never thought it was an option as she didn't know how she was going to fund her studies. Unfortunately, she only got to study 4 modules because she could not afford to study further.
In May 2015, she started working as a connectivity liaison at a company called Talk IP, but left in 2016 due to the difficulties she had travelling to work from Thembisa, where she lives with her grandmother. Precious then started a project management learnership at Sigma and was placed at DSV. Her learnership started in January 2017 and it comes to an end in December this year. She says that, although she is extremely grateful for the opportunities she has had, it is not really what she wants to do. “Education. I want to teach, I want to empower young kids. I want to teach those little ones.”
In fact, Precious is so passionate about education that she helps mark scripts for Shukumani Primary School in her spare time. She has applied for a number of bursaries, but has never heard back from any of them. But, finally, she heard from someone who answered her plea – with good news.
A little help from LottoStar
Precious went to the 947 studios on the pretense that she was there for a meeting. In studio with her was LottoStar CEO Tasoulla Hadjigeorgiou. She was there to tell Precious that she was the winner of the R250,000 bursary. When she heard the news, Precious burst into tears as she realised all her costs for university were now sorted, and that her dream would be realised in a mere 3 years after she has finished studying. She vowed to make us proud, and we have no doubt that she will do just that.