Student Success at National Competition
Congratulations to Bulungu Secondary School (Mumbwa District) students who participated in the Provincial JETS (Junior Engineers Technicians and Scientists) competition, earlier this year. Several of the students received prizes for bricklaying, tiling, landscaping, metal fabrication, carpentry and electrical skills, taking the top spots in bricklaying and tiling.
As a result of the school’s success at the provincial level, two students from Bulungu Secondary School advanced to the 53rd National JETS competition. The event took place at the National Science Centre in Kabulonga, Lusaka at the end of August, attracting pupils from all 10 regions in the country. The theme of the JETS competition was to promote innovation, engineering & entrepreneurship, with the aim to provide young people with the necessary tools and environment in which they can create sustainable solutions to some of the economic challenges in the country.
Mulenga Fields, from Bulungu Secondary School, was one of the students who had success at the regional level and went to the National JETS fair. He has six brothers and three sisters and his family are all farmers, generating a small income. He was keen to change his family situation and enrolled at Bulungu Secondary School, where he studies design and technology. He says ‘in design technology, we learn a lot of things; bricklaying, electrical, carpentry, mechanical and civil engineering, we learn a lot of things and skills that we can use to change the way we are living.’
Mulenga along with one other student attended the National JETs fair which consisted of two parts, the initial competition followed by a 2-week boot camp where the students developed their knowledge and skills. ‘We learned a lot of things, trying to improve and develop our projects. I learned to say: In life, you just keep on trying.’
Congratulations to Mulenga who came second in ‘Wall and Floor Tiling’ at the National competition. ‘This was the most amazing thing for me that has ever happened in my life.’Mulenga hopes to become a mechanical engineer in the future and use the skill that he has learnt to build a sustainable livelihood and support his family.