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Lack of funding doesn't mean the end of learner’s dreams.

posted 6 Feb 2014, 00:09 by ntobeko dlamini   [ updated 6 Feb 2014, 00:11 ]

A few weeks ago the high number of distinctions and university admissions made headlines in Namibia and South Africa as the two countries celebrated the achievements of matric class of 2013. The sad part is that for most of these accomplished learners simply cannot afford the tuition fees to study at tertiary institutions.

Some of the learners from Siphosabadlesthe 
who are the recipients of bursaries.

Recognizing this need, Star For Life in conjunction with dedicated sponsors have awarded excelling learners with university registration fee worth R200 000 for matriculates from both Namibia and South Africa.

The Star For Life Executive Director, Dr Per Strand, said the idea with these bursaries is to award them to learners who have accomplished academic excellence, but who also need funding for their tertiary education. All beneficiaries of these bursaries are learners from Star For Life partnered schools in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng in South Africa and Hardad, Khomas and Otjozozupa in Namibia, these bursaries cover all courses.

Thobile Kunene (18) from Matshana, Mpangeni matriculated from Khombindlela High School. Thobile is one of the recipients of the scholarships, she lives with her parents who are both unemployed and three other siblings and they all live off from their fathers’ government grant who is on a wheelchair. Her father was involved in a car accident on his way to work several years ago. “I cannot express the joy I feel, now I know that I’ll be something in life, my dream of becoming an inspiration to children from the similar background as me will true”, said Thobile with a huge grin on her face. Thobile has registered for a Bachelor of Science degree at University of Zululand.

Another Shining Star is Olivia Weyulu (18), from Kantura in Windhoek. “I always knew that one day I’ll leave the dusty street of my neighborhood and embark on a journey towards achieving my lifetime goal of becoming a Chartered Accountant, in a couple of years I’ll be doing my Master Degree in Accounting, thank you very much Star For Life and everyone who has made this possible,” said Olivia.

Star For Life would've not made this a reality if it wasn't for generous sponsors who are committed towards empowering young people. The funds for these scholarships were sourced from various SFL sponsors, namely; Volvo, Nordea and Lindahl and other SFL sponsors.