Last week, we promised to reproduce a letter of appreciation written by young bright minds from Africa who did a bridging program in the National University of Lesotho (NUL) Department of Economics. Here is the letter. 

"We express our deepest gratitude to the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and in particular, the Department of Economics for the vigorous face-to-face tuition in Economics over the last six weeks. We don’t know if it is possible to convey in words the sense of gratitude we feel.

Being able to take classes at this esteemed and prominent institution is one of the best things we have experienced so far in our academic paths. The 2018 AERC Masters Bridge class remain indebted to you.

We arrived here on May 20, 2018 from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds and yet you created the conducive learning environment with a goal to acquire enhanced knowledge in Economics; and indeed, we learned a lot under your tutelage.

In many instances, you abandoned the conventional teaching approaches and adopted a parent-child approach of imparting knowledge just so we may comprehend – we remain appreciative.

The words of motivation from lecturers did not only inspire us to study hard but it has created the burning desire to pursue greater things – we say “KEA LEBOHA”. Thank you for believing in us and showing us that we can succeed despite the enormous challenges we face individually.

The lecturers have been amazing to say the least. How we wished the duration of this programme would have been extended beyond six weeks! 

As we move to the next phase of this Programme, we can assure you that we will not let you down. We hope to make the Department of Economics and the National University of Lesotho proud in Nairobi, Kenya given the level of preparation. Yes, we are convinced that we can make it!

Lastly, we express our thanks to the Welfare Department of NUL for the hospitality during our stay. We felt at home not because we are Africans, but simply because the services rendered us have been invaluable.

The accommodation, the traditional food (MAQEBEKOANE) and the friendly gestures from everyone at NUL has been exceptional amidst challenges that cut across African universities.

God bless us
God bless the National University of Lesotho
God bless the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho
God bless Africa

Thank you.

We here with attach our signatures in appreciation on this 29th Day of June 2018."

Gai Gom Riek Pathot, South Sudan 
Vinansio Both Gai Riek, South Sudan 
Franck Irakoze, Burundi 
Nestor Ikorivyishaka, Burundi 
Ishmail Kamara, Sierra Leone
Mwemezi Christian Ngangura, D. R. Congo
Refiloe Jabari, Lesotho 
Said Nur Jim’ale Mahnoud, Somalia 
Yusuf Abdi Tubiare, Somalia 
Steven Tamba Kendema, Liberia