A loan of $500 helped to purchase a laptop for his studies.

Morema's story

Morema is a 17-year-old full-time student at African Leadership Academy (ALA), a two-year pre-university program in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a mission to identify, develop, and connect Africa’s future leaders.

He was selected as one of 95 ALA students out of a pool of over 3,000 applicants from across the continent for his passion for public service, his commitment to Africa, and his demonstrated leadership potential to lead change in Africa and beyond.

Morema is applying for a loan of $500, which will enable him to purchase a laptop to help him conduct assignments and research, to run his community service project and/or student run business which forms part of the ALA curriculum, and to participate fully in the world-class program offered by ALA.

Morema comes from a family of five. He is from Qacha’s Nek, Lesotho and previously attended Lesotho High School.

Academically, Morema is a very high achieving student. Morema has won multiple academic awards. In 2007, he ranked third in the 2007 Primary School Leaving Examinations in Lesotho. He was the winner of the Maseru District Mathematics and Science Fair in 2009 and 2010. Moremea ranked fifth in the 2010 Junior Certificate Examination and was also the best performer in math in the Junior Certificate Examination. Most recently, he was among the top 12 in the Molengoane Lodge National All Age Poetry Competition in 2012.

Morema is compassionate and has held leadership positions and in his role, has supported his fellow students. For instance, when his high-school mathematics teacher suffered from a terminal illness only four months into the school year, there was not a replacement for the teacher’s position until two weeks before the final examinations. Morema took the initiative to help lead the class discussions, so that other students would be able to learn all the required topics and not fall behind academically.

Morema enjoys Science and was a researcher and presenter of ‘Unlimited Science’, an up-and-coming science television show in Lesotho.

Morema says that he plans to impact Africa by decreasing the economic dependence on foreign aid. He is passionate about math and science because he says: “they provide the necessary skills to solve day-to-day problems … and can also provide the skills to devise methods that will accelerate the development of the African continent.”

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