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It is often difficult for dayboys to be as fully integrated into the life of College as boarders are able to be, and it takes a special young man to successfully make his mark amongst his peers such as Ayomide has done.

Ayomide’s leadership skills have shone within the scope of Interact Club, of which he was a co-founder and co-president since 2018, and the Cawse Library Outreach projects.

His latest community-based project “Project Rise” aims to inspire curious minds with amazing facts and lectures. His hope it that it will spark new interests which may assist pupils in the future with life skills that will become critical in the constantly changing world of work.

Ayomide has been a critical member of the leadership team that has made the Cawse Library a model for other South African School libraries. Over the years he has recruited and mentored his peers and modelled what libraries should be doing.

Ayomide and his team started their first library renovation project at Nombulelo High School in 2018 and completed it in 2019. Their guiding motto was “Nothing about them without them”.

Ayomide was also involved in the following Library projects:

  • November 2017 and 2018 he was involved in the Cawse Library Grand Opening and was instrumental in organizing and leading tours of guests around the library.
  • He was involved in the Nombulelo Alien Plant removal in 2019.
  • He was also one of the pupil presenters during the South African School Librarians’ Conference in 2019. They delivered a paper titled “Community Engagement through the Library” where they received a standing ovation. As a direct result of this initiative, a donation of R11,000 was made by the LIASA President.
  • Ayomide helped to set up the annual “Christmas in November” project in both 2019 through a Civvies day, and 2020 where they raised over R16,000 through a Wacky Wednesday fundraiser for Eluxolweni Children’s Home where Santa shoe boxes were delivered.
  • During lockdown, Ayomide navigated the Interact Club through the most difficult term since its inception. He took an active role in leading the “Winter Drive” initiative which aimed to assist the community of Makhanda during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Ayomide and his team, together with Stuart Christie, was instrumental in organising a Civvies day in February 2020 to support the “Stand for 30” sanitary pad drive initiative. The money has been used to support 50 Matric girls attending Nombulelo High School.
  • Ayomide is currently involved in setting up “Corner Classroom” libraries at Oatlands Preparatory School.
  • He is currently involved in organizing a stationary drive for 35 learners at Mary Waters High School.
  • Ayomide and his peers have been favourably mentioned in articles in the LIASA “In Touch” magazine, and he has also been mentioned in ISASA articles in recognition of his work.
  • He was awarded the Senior Pro Libris Trophy in 2020.

The types of projects that Ayomide has initiated demonstrates the leadership qualities of a young man who is greatly concerned with those less fortunate than himself, and his wish to share some of the riches that he has benefitted from. He has made his mark within College and the wider community of Makhanda, and inspired and led his peers.


Mrs Vuyokazi Jamieson