Four of The School of St Jude’s most dedicated community service graduates have embarked on a trip of a lifetime, thanks to long-time school ambassador and Hollywood star Rebel Wilson.
Enock, Joseph, Anna and Rahel graduated last year with some of the top marks in the country, and clinched the spots due to their hard work, passion and commitment to community service during their gap year.
Thanks to Rebel and Disney’s amazing generosity, this awesome foursome enjoyed a cultural tour of the US with the Pitch Perfect star.
Find out what made Enock stand out.
Enock started at St Jude’s in 2003 and has grown to become one of the top young scholars in Tanzania.
Impressive as his academic achievements are, it’s been his commitment to community and ability to rise above any situation that has really made an impact.
During his 13 years of schooling at St Jude’s, Enock has increasingly gone great lengths to spread his education and generosity to others who came from impoverished families like his own.
This has included the past three years’ organising events and visiting orphanages, and being one of a group of secondary St Jude’s students who quietly looked after a grandmother who lived alone near St Jude’s secondary campus. They built her a much-needed toilet last year, and a home four years ago.
In 2014 Enock spent months organizing an Inter-School Academic Challenge for 10 schools, while he and a fellow student were the first from St Jude’s to be invited to the prestigious JuniorTukkie Empowerment Week at South Africa’s University of Pretoria.
Enock taught in government schools in the seven months between graduating Form 4 and starting Form 5,and continued to tutor regularly at night.
He has committed hundreds of hours of his own time over the last five years into tutoring siblings and neighbours in all manner of subjects.
“All I need is a (student with a) passion for learning and I can teach anyone anything,” Enock said.
Considerate, well-spoken and always eager to make a good impression, he was a perfect candidate to spend his Community Service Year working in the St Jude’s Visitors’ Team, where he has educated guests from around the world about his beautiful country and the school that is helping his family escape poverty. He has even twice summited Mt Kilimanjaro with our school tour groups!
“One of the things I enjoy most in my life is meeting new people, so community service, like the word itself, community, I love!” Enock said. “By the end of a visit you always end up treating a visitor more like family than a friend and when they are leaving you really feel it.”
Beyond St Jude’s Manager Angela Bailey said he has become an exemplary community service student.
“He has always had great leadership skills, but he’s taken it to another level with this Visitors team,” she said. “He’s always professional, loves his job and is here any hour of the day or weekend. He’s excelling, and he’s just taking on the challenges and running with them.”
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