ALLEN Chafa, a final year engineering student at the National University of Science and Technology, (NUST) is representing Zimbabwean students at the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Sub-Saharan Africa conference to be held next week.
Chafa recently won a Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers Award for his real-time water quality monitoring invention.
He has now earned a spot to represent the entire engineering students fraternity at the upcoming Royal Academy of Engineering- Higher Education Partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa (HEP-SSA) conference scheduled for Victoria-Falls from November 25 to 27.
”I am very excited to be excited and honoured to be one of the presenters at the upcoming HEPSSA conference am looking forward to meet other engineering gurus meeting practitioners already practising in the industry. It’s a great learning opportunity for me to refine my skills as a budding engineer.
“I will also be going there as an engineering students ambassador representing the entire students fraternity which is an honour,” said Chafa.
Chafa’s achievements have been noted and celebrated by charity organization Higherlife Foundation, which said: “This week we are celebrating one of our HLF Fellows, Allen Chafa, a 5th year engineering student at the National University of Science & Technology in Bulawayo, who recently won first prize at the National Engineering Students Awards Competition. Congratulations Allen. Keep soaring.”
Chafa said he felt humbled upon realizing that his scientific ideas are life changing.
“The realisation that what l am doing is meaningful to others or is significant gives satisfaction to my heart and motivates me to do more,” said the former Kuwadzana High 1 student.
Chafa reckons his achievements so far have been made possible due to the small incremental steps has has taken since his early days into the Sciences journey as a high school student. There are many people who have played key roles to take him this far, and he thanks them for that.
“I am very honoured to be this year’s winner of the ZIE National Engineering Schools Awards Competitions. I was awarded the First Prize in the Oral Presentations Category, taking home with me a floating shield, certificate and prize money.
“I am also excited to be selected to
present at the Royal Academy of Engineering- Higher Education Partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa conference to be held on the 25th to 27th of November in Victoria Falls.
“This is a great honour and priviledge to be representing the entire engineering students fraternity. l’m looking forward to learn as much as l can so as to refine my skills as an upcoming engineer.
“This award would not have been a reality without the help of Engineer Gibson Chirinda, Engineer Takawira Robin Chikowore and Engineer Margret Munyau. I’m forever grateful for their patience and professional guidance they rendered during the course of my project.
“I would also like to thank the entire National University Of Science And Technology Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering staff, friends and family for the support and encouragement,” Chafa said.
As a recipient of the prestigious Carpenaum Trust Schorlaship, Chafa expressed his gratitude to Mr and Mrs Masiyiwa and Higherlife Foundation for “the knowledge and skills l have acquired through various learning programs such as Young and Dynamic and The ABCs For Prosperous Minds.
“The lessons learnt have shaped me to be the person l am today. I will always encourage fellow colleagues to work hard, have patience and faith in God,” he said.
The Royal Academy of Engineering was established in 2016 to strengthen relationships between academia and industry as part of efforts to ensure that the higher education system in Sub-Saharan Africa produces engineers with the requisite skills.
Chafa said the recently ended National Engineering Schools Awards Competitions was a whole experience for him.
The competitions are held every year by The Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers to bridge the gap between academia and industry.
Students from various universities, polytechnics and colleges across the country are invited to participate and showcase their design projects.