Lemuel Mandara Mgaba

2021 Lem large17 years old, attending Shrewsbury School, UK. Lem was awarded a Beacon Scholarship in August, 2011.

Lem was forced to do remote learning from Tanzania for most of the year; despite this, he maintained focus and has earned high predicted grades in his A-level subjects: History, Economics and Maths. His Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) was positively received, and he awaits the results.

Inevitably, remote learning severely affected what he has been able to be involved with this year. He continues to work towards his grade 8 saxophone and prior to lockdown was in the school wind band. He has been appointed as Joint Secretary for the school’s online Model United Nations (MUN). He is a keen footballer and had been awarded ‘Man of the Match’ in school games.

Lem’s big achievement was facilitating the school connection with the Justice Defenders (JD) charity; he certainly took the whole school with him on this. He started a Black Lives Matter (BLM) survey to improve understanding of racial prejudice and offer solutions to those affected. He was Captain of debating in his house and has been appointed as a Prefect for his final year at Shrewsbury.

Initiatives like the charity Iron Man event for JD have been curtailed by COVID-19, and his online campaign on global issues has also been affected by the pandemic. Lem successfully made contact with a local refugee boy and informally mentored him.

Beacon Workshop Participation

Lem's 2021 Summer Beacon Citizenship Project was about the stigma attached to ex-prisoners and the challenges they face as they try to reintegrate back into the community.

At Leadership Workshops, Lem has demonstrated he can put into practice public speaking theory that he has learned and he is a powerful, engaging individual presenter.