When Esnart wrote her first application letter she said she wanted to be a veterinary ‘doctor’ but unfortunately was unable to spell the word. She was quiet and very shy and hardly said a word in her interview. A couple of days later she returned to our office having learned to spell ‘veterinary’ correctly (a word that can cause problems even to native English speakers) and ready to have a go at speaking up with more confidence.We were impressed and admired her drive, determination and the effort she’d made.
Esnart’s parents are alive but as subsistence farmers are unable to afford school fees for her. She has been selected to attend Mfuwe Day Secondary School but as this is too far for daily travel from her home she will have to board. She comes from a village in Nsefu mostly comprising tiny round, grass thatched houses. She has an older sister and two older brothers. One brother was sponsored through school and on to University through Project Luangwa.
Esnart is small, petite and is closer to a 9 year old in size rather than to someone who is 13. She has been attending Katapila Community School since starting school in Grade 1. Last year she sat for her Grade 7 or Certificate of Primary Education exams. She gained an aggregate score of 698. Here are her results:
|Esnart Zulu||Grade 7|
|Creative & Technology Study||101||3|
|Special Paper 1||114||2|
|Special Paper 2||117||1|
|Marks & av %||899|
If Esnart finds a sponsor to support her education at Mfuwe Day Secondary School she will be able to join the Project Luangwa Girls' Club where she'll find support from her fellow girls to help her gain more confidence as well as ow to keep herself safe.