A group of University of Venda (UNIVEN) students called Victorious Academic Youth Forum in collaboration with a recognised UNIVEN social structure, Stopthespot Youth Organisation (SYO) have embarked on a career outreach programme which is intended to assist secondary school learners on how to apply and University students on how to register online. This career outreach programme also assists prospective students on career guidance. 

Mercy Nemavhola, Mukona Ramutsheli and other students from the two UNIVEN student social structures assisting learners to apply for tertiary enrolment online

A second year UNIVEN student of Guidance and Counseling honors degree who is also the founder of Stopthepot Youth Organisation, Mercy Nemavhola said this initiative came after realising that there are many young people who have obtained good marks but not being able to acquire admission into institutions of higher learning because they do not have enough knowledge and ability to apply for themselves. She said it pains her to see so many young people who have obtained good marks in Grade 12 roaming around the streets due to lack of information. 

According to Mercy and Mukona, some of the challenges that they come across are that they sometimes lack data to access internet. They further highlighted that they fund this programme directly from their own pockets whereas they still depend on NSFAS and other bursaries to fund their studies. 

“We need laptops to assist in dealing with a large group of learners per school because we are assisting high school learners as well as higher institutions students to also apply for bursaries.” 

To date, the two UNIVEN student social structures have already visited more than 20 secondary schools. 

Mukona Ramutsheli founder of Victorious Academy, who is doing second level of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics at UNIVEN, said this career outreach initiative was established in 2020 to assist students on how to register online. He advised students and learners to always believe in themselves if they want to achieve anything in life. 

Issued by: 

Department of Marketing, Branding and Communication 

University of Venda 
Tel: (015) 962 8525 /8710 
Date: 08 June 2021 

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