Bridging the gap between rural and urban education

2018-11-21 06:00

A HIGH number of students dropping out from universities before completing their degrees has prompted rural graduates from Msinga, in Greytown, to start an organisation in a bid to bridge the gap between rural and urban education systems.

The Senzokuhle Msinga Youth Development; an NPO founded by Greytown students Philasande Sokhela and Phumlani Dladla on August 28, 2017 and registered on October 11, 2017; has 43 members from different areas of Msinga.

Dladla said: “Our main vision is to equip our community with different skills they may need and make available opportunities they may use in developing themselves and the whole community.

Dladla, a Bachelor of Education student at Unisa, said education is a tool that can be used to achieve success.

“So far we’ve been going around schools motivating and encouraging our youth to study hard in order to get good results.

“We also helped Grade 12 pupils with university application through the process of CAO,” Dladla said.

Dladla went on to say that the organisation intends to assist pupils from rural communities to reach tertiary institutions without any fear.

“We call all students from different universities and technical and vocational education and training colleges to avail themselves in the organisation so that they will lead these applicants throughout the whole registration process in their universities and colleges. We do this to curb the number of rural students who drop out from universities. We are going to do a follow-up on them and see if they are facing any challenges,” Dladla said.

According to Dladla, the organisation intends to guide and support students in their studies until they complete their qualifications.

“To those pupils still at high schools, we have different strategies that will help them to achieve good results in their final examination.

“We offer career guidance, reading and writing clubs, and after-school classes. We want to improve and sharpen their skills.

“As Senzokuhle we want to improve the education system in rural areas,” he said.

The organisation urged all distance learning students to take part in this initiative.

“As Senzokuhle, we wish to serve any citizen without discriminating, whether due to race, age, gender, health and family status.

“We are expecting all pupils from all schools in the area to be the part of this pilot project.”

“We are pushing ourselves very hard into helping the community although they have financial problems,” Dladla ended.

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