Programme invests in South Africa’s future

2018-11-28 06:00
Dr Rob Stegmann

Dr Rob Stegmann

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Grit – defined as the combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal – is the hallmark of high achievers.

This is according to psychologist Angela Duckworth, who has done in-depth studies on what it takes to make people successful.

Dr Rob Stegmann is the senior academic in the Department of Academic Planning and Development of the Boston City Campus and Business College situa­ted in Stellenbosch.

According to Stegmann, Boston has been witness to numerous students who have that grit and overcome obstacles to reach graduation.

“However, there are those students who have all the ingredients for success, but are precluded from achieving a higher education qualification due to a lack of financial support.”

Stegmann maintains that education is too important for the growth and development of individuals – and South Africa – to be hindered by financial restraints.

So, the team at Boston set out to create a solution that would assist all students.

“We believe that gritty prospective students who are committed to making a go at life by applying to Boston, deserve to be given an opportunity to succeed,” he says.

“We needed to find a way to make that happen.”

So, in the spirit of Ubuntu (a person is a person through other people), Boston has committed to partnering financially with prospective students to facilitate growth and deve­lopment both personally and for South Africa as a country.

Stegmann explains how this will work practically.

“This investment will mean that prospective students enrolling in one of the many higher certificates on offer at Boston will get a chance to pursue their dreams and take ownership of their future.

“Boston will invest up to a third of the fees for a higher certificate, and students will be required to contribute the remaining fees with flexible payment options.

“I believe that, with this programme, Boston stands out as absolutely unique among the other higher education providers in South Africa.”

Stegmann’s passion for educating the youth shows.

“South Africa’s future is too important not to make this investment. The rewards for students and society are incalculable.

“Research has shown that overcoming the obstacles that lack of finances pose for students pursuing higher education, makes a significant impact on the psycho-social well-being of students and has a positive effect on the successful completion of one’s studies,” he says.

“In turn, the impact on the broader society is also noticeable; graduates who find employment not only contribute to the economy, but become billboards for the transformative power of education.”

Grit is important to get you started, but grit alone can not get you over the finish line.

“At Boston, we believe that our investment in students with an NSC (higher certificate endorsement) applying for any of our higher certificates have the grit, but just need some added financial assistance to reach their dreams and make an impact on South Africa.”

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