Unique school gives joy, pride

2015-08-04 06:00
A few of the graduates at the TSiBA graduation ceremony in Pinelands last week.

A few of the graduates at the TSiBA graduation ceremony in Pinelands last week.

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It was a day of joyful tears as students of the Tertiary School in Business Administration (TSiBA) in Pinelands were awarded at their graduation ceremony last week.

Though the students come from diverse backgrounds their dreams are all the same – to study at tertiary level and change not only their lives, but the lives of those around them. Even more inspiring is that many students are the first in their families, even communities, to graduate at tertiary level.

Struggling to further their studies, their dreams became a reality when they were awarded tuition scholarships to study accredited, tertiary-level business courses at TSiBA, which is focused on developing entrepreneurship and leadership.

For the first time two Bachelors in Business Administration students, Joyline Maenzanise and Joseph Maisels, graduated cum laude.

Maisels says TSiBA did not only provide the opportunity to study.

“It supported me in continuing to do so after my first year when I had to suspend my studies after falling very ill, even helping me find medical care. I am not sure where I would have been today if it weren’t for their intervention. I grew as a leader through their unique, holistic attitude to education, which includes things like mentorship and practical work experience. This helped develop my career path and entrepreneurial ability to innovate and take educated risks,” he says.

MilestonesThe significance of the day’s milestones was summed up by various students. Like Natheerah Noor Mohammed, a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) graduate, who says it means a lot to her to reach this graduation along with her sister.

“We are the first at home to graduate with a degree – and hopefully not the last as I have five younger siblings. I wish that we inspire them to also study further. The support I received from all involved during my four years of study was amazing.

“I used my opportunity to help many other people in various community projects,” she says.

Ronelle Sampson-Mietas, another BBA graduate, says she wanted to prove to her kids that with hard work and commitment, it can be done, no matter how old you are.

“My dream is to help my husband run his own business. However, for now it’s having consistency in my family’s life by getting a job and coming home with a steady income to support the family,” she says.

BalanceAdri Marais, TSiBA CEO, says TSiBA is unique in that it balances the curriculum with academic content and experiential learning.

“Individuals selected are nurtured to grow in confidence and acquire the values, attributes and behaviour of a leader to become grounded in themselves, their community, country and the world. This places attitude at the heart of the student’s development and layers skills and knowledge around this.

“We seek to ensure that students are equipped not only for further study and the working world, but also develop a social conscience and the skills to build our nation.

“Even more impressive is that 95% of our degree graduates are employed, entrepreneurs or studying at postgraduate level,” she says

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