Sunday was our meeting with the three university students whose undergraduate degrees we are sponsoring. Unfortunately, Bwenge, one of the three was sick. However, we were able to meet with the oldest of the three, Moses, and newest, Ntabushanja, who are both studying computer technology.
We are happy to report they are both succeeding, however they have chosen degrees where, to excel, they will need their own laptop. They want to use their degree to help them get a job in business administration, and both have specific interests in accounting positions.
One problem they both mentioned was about attaining a job after graduation, that to be competitive they would probably need further education, like a Master’s degree. Admittedly, I had to explain to them that we would not be contributing any more to their education after they receive their bachelor's degree.
A little later on, after Moses and Ntabushanja left, we had a conversation about the age-old question over
what is ultimately better for students after high school, vocational training or a bachelor’s degree. We concluded that paying for our students to attain university degrees is too big of a financial investment for the charity. In comparison to vocational training, not only are the latter's programs shorter in duration, but are also significantly less expensive. In addition, they are much more likely to lead to employment opportunities directly after graduation, especially in a city like Bukavu that is in constant need of tradesmen and service workers like carpentry, electrical engineering, and trained administrative workers. These will likely be the last three students we help attain their Bachelors. Instead, we intend to research, and devote more resources to enrolling our students, at the various technical colleges throughout Bukavu.