Covid-19 has caused a cataclysmic disruption at South African universities. When learning suddenly switched to online platforms, many students found themselves cut off. Their studies shuddered to a halt.
But thanks to incredible #CapTheGap investors, 406 final year and postgrad students are now happily plugged into e-learning.
They’ve received new laptops, data bundles and/or food vouchers – and have taken a giant step towards completing the academic year.
Thank you to our Feenix community for playing a part in this proud achievement!
We believe that the route to a stronger South Africa starts with these students. They’re on the cusp of entering the working world – and have big plans for our future.
#CapTheGap Student Relief Fund beneficiaries Nokwethemba Gumede and Asive Mlolongo are studying internal auditing at Durban University of Technology.
Nokwethemba (pictured here) dreams of tackling fraud in businesses that have ineffective internal controls; while Asive wants to focus on rescuing businesses in financial distress. South Africa needs these skills!
And when post-grad chemistry student Ncomeka Mgxadeni completes her PhD, she plans to mentor young chemistry scientists and use her skills for the betterment of South Africa.
Yet Ncomeka’s PhD seemed an impossible dream until #CapTheGap Student Relief Fund took her over the digital divide.
“As a post-graduate student, I depend on research common computers. So for the whole lockdown, I was unable to continue with my research. But thanks to the provision of a laptop, food voucher and data, I can work remotely from home. I feel really happy and blessed that someone is looking out for me. I don’t even think saying ‘thank you’ is enough – but thank you,” Ncomeka says.
#CapTheGap Student Relief Fund has entered the last two weeks of an intensive three-month campaign.
The need for digital access is more vital than before. Online learning will continue to play a prominent role at universities – and we’re concerned that the digital divide may be one obstacle too many for ‘missing middle’ students.
“Very often we as ‘missing middle’ students suffer a lot because we appear ‘too rich’ to qualify for NSFAS assistance but in essence we can’t afford university fees,” explains Asive.
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