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Facilitation of Admission and Continuous On-Campus Support

“The doors of learning and culture must be opened to all”
The Freedom Charter - 1955

South Africa has made significant ensuring access to institutions of higher learning and training by youth from underprivileged communities. However, this progress has been met with major on and off campus challenges that continue to betray our massive investment in ensuring equitable access into post schooling opportunities.

  • Instilling the drive pursue post – schooling opportunities
  • WHY?
    • Due to lack of access to accurate information, technology, advice and encouragement, many talented young South Africans living in rural and township areas either do not consider, or are unable to access institutions of higher education and many other post-schooling opportunities. There is a very big educational information gap that exists between rural high school learners and their urban counterparts.
    • This lack of information and motivation creates a spirit of hopelessness and discouragement amongst rural youth, which in turn impacts negatively on their academic performance, and results in most of our youth falling into the NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) tragedy. As a result of this educational information and technology gap, most rural youth are unable to access post-school opportunities available to them, such as free access to FET colleges, teacher training funding, learnerships, the National Students Financial Aid Scheme, bursaries, as well as other skills development initiatives that can help break the cycle of poverty in our communities.
  • HOW?
    • Career Guidance and Motivational Mentorship Programmes
    • Higher Education Funding Opportunities awareness
    • Promotion of Vocational and Artisan Skills (TVET Colleges)
    • Promotion of Teaching as a Career of Choice

    II. Reducing the dropout rate and increasing the throughput of underprivileged students in Universities and FET Colleges

    • WHY?
    • The ministerial review committee on the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) found that 67% of the students funded through NSFAS between the year 2000 and 2010 are no longer studying. Of this 67%, 72% dropped out without graduating or completing their studies and only 28% graduated (DoHET, 2010).
    • HOW?
    • Through continuous On-Campus support Programmes
    • Additional social and academic mentorship support programmes (. i.e. Saturday Tutorials, Mentorship)
    • Skills development (. i.e. Computer Literacy, Writing Skills, English Literacy and Social Skills)
    • Anti-Academic and financial Exclusion campaigns.

    III. To reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS amongst Young people

    • WHY?
      • The spread of HIV/AIDS amongst young people continues
      • HIV/AIDS remains a social, emotional and economic burden to the future of South Africans
    • HOW?
      • Awareness raising campaigns
      • Brutally honest community discussion forums by youth with youth for youth
      • Partnering with Health institutions to advocate for responsible living

    IV. To reduce the Prevalence of Food Insecurity amongst the student population

    • WHY?
      • Research at Wits University and UKZN shows that there is a severe prevalence of hunger on campus
      • Financial aid packages not enough to cover food costs

    V. To encourage more students to pursue post-graduate studies

    • To develop young researchers contributing towards a knowledge-based economy
    • To develop young academics

    VI. Become a student-centered research organization.

    • To conduct Student cantered research aimed at improving and promoting academic excellence