Enrique is in grade 8 at the Ubuntu Academy School, and he has been a part of Ubuntu Football Academy for three years now. His favourite subject is maths, and his favourite part of the Ubuntu School is interacting with the teachers. “I learned that the teachers care more, and they want to help us succeed,” he said of the new Ubuntu Academy school, which opened in January this year.
Enrique plays striker for the under 14 team, and his favourite football club is Manchester United. In 10 years, he hopes to be on the professional field in Europe, but his dream job is to become an entrepreneur in the business world. "I want to be a businessman," he boasted. "One day I want to own my own company." Ubuntu's goal is for each of their boys to utilize his platform, no matter what shape that takes as they grow and develop as leaders.
As far now, Enrique wants to pass all of his subjects with high marks and continue developing as a student and a footballer. Within the Ubuntu School, there is a badge system based on football, academics and character and leadership. Earlier this year, Enrique earned marks in all categories that moved him from bronze to silver, awarding him new boots. "That's my best memory from this year so far," Enrique says of his well deserved reward.
Through longterm investment and mentorship in boys like Enrique, Ubuntu is developing the next generation of great leaders in South Africa.