From Mount Everest to the Digital Tree of Knowledge

In September, Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC) was fortunate to have yet another significant guest speaker under the Digital Tree of Knowledge.

Sibusiso Vilane, a South African born man, broke the world record for being the first black African person to summit Earth’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. Sibusiso’s visits to HDLC are intended to motivate and inspire young rural minds in the Mpumalanga area, to help them realise their potential. In his most recent talk, Sibusiso likened his summit of Everest to obstacles that people encounter in life “irrespective of age, gender and race.”

“We failed twice due to prevailing storms before reaching the summit. Know that the same thing applies to real life where there will not always be a smooth ascent, be it in education or home situations, and in those instances where you are not sure, do not hesitate to raise your hand up and ask,” said Sibusiso.

Throughout his talk, Sibusiso emphasised the importance of self-determination. He encouraged the youngsters to “start small and aim big” for the future. “As long as you live, you shouldn’t be scared to go for whatever you want to achieve in life, no matter how scary or impossible it might seem,” said Sibusiso.

“It is also vital for all of you sitting in front of me today to realise how fortunate you are to have the opportunity to experience the magic that is transferred throughout this wonder-filled space of learning, that is equipping you with the most important languages of access, that are relevant anywhere in the world in all career fields. I wish I had such an opportunity at my disposal when I was growing up,” concluded Sibusiso.

GWF CEO Kate Groch and Sibusiso Vilane (pictured) share the same passion when it comes to quality education and access thereof to all citizens of a country.

GWF CEO Kate Groch and Sibusiso Vilane (pictured) share the same passion when it comes to quality education and access thereof to all citizens of a country, regardless of where they are born.

"In those instances where you do not know, do not hesitate to raise up your hand and ask."

“In those instances where you are not sure, do not hesitate to raise your hand up and ask,” says Sibusiso, the man who put the South African name and flag on mountain trekking.

It is also very important for everyone

“This wonder-filled space of learning, that is equipping you with the most important languages of access, that are relevant anywhere in the world in all career fields. I wish I had such an opportunity at my disposal when I was growing up.”

Future champions pose under the Digital Tree of Knowledge with Sibusiso after his motivational talk.

Kate Groch and the Future champions of Open Learning pose under the Digital Tree of Knowledge with Sibusiso Vilane after his motivational talk.

 

 

Written by Mpho Lebyane.

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