Students walk to a better future for all

2019-03-13 06:00
A group of students of the University of the Free State will embark on an initiative to raise money for less-privileged students. From the left are, front: Pura Mgolombane (dean of student affairs), Sonwabile Dwaba (president of the Student Representative Council) and Zenzele Mdletshe; back: Katleho Lechoo and Bhekumusa Zikhali. Photo: Alzane Narrain

A group of students of the University of the Free State will embark on an initiative to raise money for less-privileged students. From the left are, front: Pura Mgolombane (dean of student affairs), Sonwabile Dwaba (president of the Student Representative Council) and Zenzele Mdletshe; back: Katleho Lechoo and Bhekumusa Zikhali. Photo: Alzane Narrain

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A group of adventurous students of the University of the Free State (UFS) will walk the 350 km from the Bloemfontein campus to the one in Qwaqwa.

Six students announced at a media conference on Friday (08/03) that they will embark on this walk, dubbed The Walk to Uhuru, to raise money and advocate for the educational rights of less-privileged students.

This project is driven by the UFS Department of Student Affairs and the UFS Office for International Affairs.

The university explained that the initiative came about because of the UFS ISRC mandate, #StudentsMustGraduate.

The group’s target is to raise more than R2 million, and to solicit academic and financial support from the public, stakeholders affiliated with the UFS, UFS lecturers, and even Kovsies themselves.

In so doing, they hope to afford their fellow students the opportunity to register and continue with their studies across all three UFS campuses.

This initiative will also see the crew embark on another adventure in 2020, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise R1 million. Million Rand Climb 2020, an initiative aimed at raising R1million.

The idea to raise funds for less-advantaged students stems from the Institutional Student Representative Council (ISRC) mandate that all students must graduate.

and student accessibility initiative that stem from the notion students must graduate stated by the current ISRC as their mandate and shared sentiments from every student across the institutions’ campuses.

The success of this shared sentiment will lay the foundation for students’ academic and financial support.

which was also raised by the Fees Must Fall/ Free Education movement of which they wish to address introducing the initiative in the two tiers, The Walk to Uhuru and The Mt Kilimanjaro Million Rand Climb 2020, is an initiative aimed at raising R1million or more for the students of the UFS to register and continue their studies in the year 2020.

  • The walk to the Qwaqwa campus, which will cover Uhuru initiative will see the students will consist of travelling by road through four countries (approximately 5 411km) to get to the destination and throughout the travel the participants will get to explore and learn the different cultural experiences of other fellow African countries, which will be embody under a theme ‘Uhuru’ resembling freedom.It entails a six-person walk to the Qwaqwa Campus, covering about 350 km in six days, is also open for the general public.

Throughout the walk, participants will be able to engage with local communities.

The walk will also symbolise the unity between the three campuses under integrated, inclusive student leadership, and student life promoting social cohesion.

This initiative does not only seek to raise funds, but also to be a driver of transformation and change.

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