Students guided to university

2018-07-11 06:01

Applying to university for the first time can be very overwhelming, especially if you do not have anyone to guide you.

A group of tertiary students from around Kuruman found that their first applications to universities and getting around on campus was scary for them and left them with uncertainties.

They started an organisation that can help prospective students from their hometown and Ignite Kuruman was established in 2017.

According to Tshegofatso Morometsi, one of the members, the organisation was established to combat the challenges from most, if not all, dimensions of life faced by the youth.

“With its main focus being on matriculants, Ignite Kuruman aims to prepare the youth for life at tertiary level. Hence the mission to prepare learners for the challenges that they could come across as students, and how to deal with those challenges while coping with studies, and to produce well informed tertiary students that excel in both academics and personal spheres of life.

“This is done so that they too can enlighten upcoming generations.”

Morometsi says the organisation will be assisting students mainly on academic tertiary applications, bursary applications, help with accommodation if necessary and career advising, tutoring, mentorship and relevant personal issues.

“The organisation is currently composed of 19 members working together to achieve this. Since its incorporation, Ignite has managed to assist ten matriculants to make the necessary arrangements to get to varsity.

“This was done through the organisation’s Get a Kid to tertiary programme which ran in April 2017.

“The same programme ran in April this year and the results of that one are yet to be seen. We have also managed to give motivational speeches at the opening days of the Kalahari and the Batlharo-Tlhaping High School winter school programmes last year.”

Morometsi says they also managed to tutor some learners at the above-mentioned school programmes.

“Another achievement is the mentorship programme that started running earlier this year – a one-on-one programme in which mentors from Ignite assist mentees with any issue within our capabilities and also give advice.

“The programme started running early this year and currently has 11 mentees.”

The organisation hosted motivational talks on the first day of the winter school at the Kalahari, Batlharo-Tlhaping and Remmogo High School.

Visit Ignite Kuruman’s Facebook page at Ignite Kuruman or send an email to ignitekuruman@gmail. com.

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