University launches programme for disabled students

2020-03-25 06:03
PHOTO: suppliedMembers of the Game Changers group that was launched on Saturday.

PHOTO: suppliedMembers of the Game Changers group that was launched on Saturday.

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AS a way of trying to close the gap between students, Durban University of Technology (DUT) Midlands entrepreneurship Centre together with Student Desk launched a programme called ‘Game Changers’.

The programme was officially launched on Saturday under the theme ‘‘There is an ability in every disability” at Indumiso Campus.

The aim for the programme is to expose students who are living with disability into entrepreneurship programs and also encourage them to take part in other programmes that can help them grow.

DUT Midlands Entrepreneurship Centre and Student Desk Manager Nontokozo Ngcobo said seeing a gap and inequality between the students is what encouraged them to start this group.

She said this group will be specifically focusing on students living with disability.

“It is important that we provide extra support for our students. bringing opportunities to students out there that do not have access. They come from different backgrounds, mostly disadvantaged, and they do not even know where to start.

“It is going to empower them and give them exposure because exposure is one of the elements of learning. We want to expose them as much as possible so that by the time they go back to their communities they are also able empower them,” she said.

Midlands Campus Director Dr Joseph Molete said disabled people need exposure so that they can build self-confidence.

“The university cares about them and has funds set aside to support them.We will be ramping up our activities to make sure that access is taken care of. The idea is to identify some spaces where we can put them all together,” he said.

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