UFH postgrad student lauded at youth conference in Czech Republic

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Mr Njongwezintle “Njongo” Baliso is a passionate UFH ambassador.  In addition to pursuing postgraduate studies in Business Management, he also serves as a student assistant at the Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre.

Njongo recently returned from the 38th Edition International Youth Leadership Conference in Czech Republic where he walked away with the “Best Defense Strategy Diplomacy Award.”

The conference took place between 12 and 17 January.  Its objective is to give invited students the opportunity to test their leadership skills, debate current issues, deliver speeches, draft resolutions, make executive decisions, and realize through experience the complexities of international relations. The event facilitates an exchange of ideas across an ethnically diverse and socially responsible group of young international leaders.

Njongo has previously attended several Southern African Region Youth Forums and African Youth Forums and was among three African students invited to the conference.

His passion for social justice and international relations has seen him crafting and leading many projects and structures. He is one of five students who started Stand As One, a movement that played a pivotal role in drafting the UFH gender-based violence policy.

Njongo is also a recipient of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a German Scholarship Programme and currently holds the position of a Public Relations Officer for the Fort Hare Autumn School. 

In 2018 he was president of the Student Representative Council.

Njongo attributes his remarkable accomplishments on his thirst “to expand the body of knowledge that I have acquired.”

“I am inspired by people who attain greatness despite coming from challenging backgrounds. Much of my motivation, in this regard, has not come from people from my own community in Engcobo.  Bringing these two together, my goal is to deepen understanding of social justice among people from my home village in Engcobo. This is how we can attain change”.

The University of Fort Hare is proud of Njongo’s achievements.