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20 Bursaries for Further Education


In 2008 and 2009 Independence ZA granted over 20 bursaries for further education, including 6 university scholarships. For those studying at university we more often than not fund accommodation too, as we have learnt from previous experience that without organized and settled accommodation academic studies suffer. Education is at the heart of our efforts to empower individuals who would otherwise be dependent on aid and other handouts.


Below you will find a short account of some of the challenges facing young people in rural communities in South Africa as well as a list of the learners who have received bursaries from Independence ZA.


24 hours in Philippolis


Tim Harty, founder of Independence ZA, recalls a day in Philippolis:
'In the limited time available I visited the separate "coloured" and "black" communities [a legacy of Apartheid] and called on the community centre IZA helped build 15 months ago. In the evening we hosted a barbeque for the 2007 matric [sixth form] class of 51 pupils. I gave a motivational talk and then moved between tables trying to answer questions like "what do I need to do to become an agriculturalist?". "God knows" I thought whilst scraping a response.
This is not matric as we know it: in two years less than 2% of the matriculants have made it to university; many have lost a parent, some both parents, mainly because of HIV/AIDS; for many this was the first meal of the day, for some the first meal in two. The majority of this year's matric class will spend their days doing exactly zero next year."


2008 & 2009 beneficiaries include:


Zukiswa Nugulube: 1st & 2nd Year


Course: Information Technology; Software Development
Institution: Central University of Technology
City: Bloemfontein

IZA is also covering the cost of Zukiswa’s campus accommodation.

Kgotso Nkheli (two bursaries)

Computer Studies
Motheo Further Education College, Philippolis
From July: Mechanical Engineering at Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, including accommodation for the year

Bongani Nameki


Course: Computer course
Institution: Motheo Further Education College
City: Philippolis
Subsequently, Bongani wants to study Building Engineering


Jessica Job
 

Course: Early Childhood Development
Institution: INTEC (distance learning)
Following successful completion of her studies, Jessica is now employed at Philippolis Primary School


Mathilda Padda
 

Course: Introduction to Computers
Institution: INTEC (distance learning)

Endolene Jameson, Lucy Thile & Innocentia Mdliki

Hiring Practice for HR Personnel
University of South Africa (distance learning)

Motshidisi Mandla


Course: Human Resources
Institution: Motheo Further Education College
City: Bloemfontein

IZA is also covering the cost of campus accommodation

Mantombazana Rakotsoane


Course: Restaurant Management
Institution: INTEC (correspondence)

Bonele
 

Course: Marketing Management
Institution: Central University of Technology
City: Bloemfontein

IZA is also covering the cost of campus accommodation

Khanyiswa


Course: Tourism Management
Institution: Central University of Technology
City: Bloemfontein

IZA is also covering the cost of campus accommodation

Nkululko


Course: Business Management
Institution: University of the Orange Free State
City: Bloemfontein

     

Five 2009 scholarship recipients: Zukiswa, Themba, Motshidisi, Nkululeku, Bonel

On her way to study in Bloemfontein: Khanyiswas family says goodbye

   
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