Daniel Mundeva is a natural leader. The dynamic Tanzanian student has climbed Mount Kilamanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, not once but twice.
The climb to the top is an apt metaphor for his young life and the worldview he has adopted. Mundeva is the first graduate of a four-year scholarship program funded by Barrick Gold’s Bulyanhulu mine that is enabling outstanding students from Tanzania to attend the International School in Moshi.
The scholarship program has provided an opportunity for students who, for financial reasons, would not otherwise have access to a high quality education. The goal of the program is to develop and prepare promising young people for future leadership in the country.
His next stop is to attend university in Canada. The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver has awarded Mundeva its International Leader of Tomorrow scholarship, which is valued at over $34,000 annually, for up to four years. The scholarship covers all tuition and living costs and will enable Daniel to earn an undergraduate degree in Geography and International Relations.
“UBC is one of the top universities in the world for studying social sciences, so I am very excited to be pursuing an education there,” said Mundeva. “I am pleased to be going to Canada too, as it is a very environmentally aware country.”
Daniel is the first person in his family to attend university.
“If it wasn’t for the International School scholarship program and the support of Barrick Gold, I would not have this opportunity to study at UBC,” he added.