Enactus UKZN Students Lend a Helping Hand
Enactus UKZN project: MyDigiTutor (MDT) launched the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) application programme on 26 November 2021 to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply for NSFAS funding onsite and online.
MyDigiTutor aims to empower young people through education by presenting virtual talks and mentoring sessions for high school learners. The project is co-ordinated by MDT project manager Ms Nitasha Pillay. Members of MDT assisted various students from different parts of South Africa.
MyDigiTutor representative Ms Asande Sikhosana visited Bethumoya High School to encourage students to apply for NSFAS funding.
Miss A Shezi, one of the first learners to receive assistance, commented, ‘At first I was so uneasy when Asande came to our school, Bethumoya to assist us and did not even want any money for exchange. We thank MDT for their help and time; you are all highly appreciated.’
‘Investing time and effort in our future leaders is like planting seeds that will bear fruit. Witnessing the programme’s impact on the lives of learners is truly rewarding. Behind the scenes there were a lot of late nights, but it was worth it,’ said Pillay.
Sikhosana commented: ‘While there were challenges, the responses from applicants made it worthwhile. A simple “Thank you, I’m so grateful, God bless you” kept me going and inspires me to do better.’
‘It was a very fulfilling programme to be part of. I could have not spent my time during the festive season in a better way. I hope we reach even more learners in the future,’ said Ms Fundiswa Mvubu (MDT publicity and marketing officer and events co-ordinator).
MyDigiTutor graphic designer, Mr Nathan Pillay created a video to assist students with NSFAS applications. ‘I am thrilled to able to use my abilities and skills to help others,’ he said.
Pillay noted that the programme has assisted around 150 learners across South Africa through digital means. She thanked all the team members who gave of their time to make the project a success.