Urban Herd Boys is an organisation founded by Mr. Sandile Mbatha, a Housing Masters lecturer at UKZN. The organisation comprises of eight bright grade twelve students from eight different rural schools around Durban. There are in total, five boys and three girls. They show great potential to be inspiring leaders one day, and the organisation is a stepping stone for them to achieve great things.
On the 26th of April 2013 the UKZN Golden Key Executive Committee hosted the Urban Herd Boys group at the University as a community service project. We started off in the Jubilee gardens, where all girls and boys, including Golden Key Exec members participated in an ice-breaker game. The ice-breaker game helped increase interactivity and allowed the scholars to relax and feel free to ask questions. It also allowed all participants to get to know each other by name.
The activities began with each executive member giving the students information about the degrees they were studying. The students were then asked about the studies they wanted to pursue and were given information about admissions application deadlines, and possible ways to get funding for studies. We provided them with refreshments while advising them about career choices and options available at Howard. Lunch was provided for the students and afterwards they were given a tour of the university grounds. They were shown into the main buildings of most faculties (science labs, law library, classics museum, etc.). The main purpose of the event was to motivate and encourage students to further their education and their tertiary studies. We wanted to inform them that there were many opportunities available for the, especially in terms of obtaining funding.
The visit from the Urban Herd Boys group proved to be stimulating for all. The group of boys and girls showed off good manners and interacted well in all activities. Most of the scholars were interested in studying engineering and some leaned toward humanities. Overall they learnt about the method of applying to university, the benefits of financial aid and the UNITE program- for scholars from previously disadvantage backgrounds who want to study engineering. During the tour of Howard College Campus the group of scholars was taken to the engineering department first, where they had an opportunity to partake in experiments and briefly listen in on lectures. From there they were taken to the humanities department to view the LAN (Computer rooms) and the Classics department museum of Archeology. They were given a brief talk and showed around by Professor Hilton from the Classics department.
A poem: Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small Does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking So that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, As children do. We were born to make manifest The glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; It's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.