Unisa has received a generous donation and has said that this will be used to secure laptops for students. There are about 150 000 Unisa students who do not have access to laptops and therefore cannot participate in an at home online learning programme.
The Unisa Foundation received a donation to the sum of R120 000 from Bestmed and has said:
The amount will be used by the Unisa Foundation to purchase laptops for students. Approximately 150 000 Unisa students, particularly from poor backgrounds, are said to be without laptops and this will enable them to be part of the university’s digitisation process.
Unisa aims to give all students at the University access to study materials to ensure that everyone is able to write exams remotely.
Previously, the institution announced that all future exams will be done online.
The CEO of Bestmed, Leo Dlamini, is excited about partnering with the University and commended Unisa, “”We see the partnership not as an event but as a long-term commitment. We hope to increase the work with Unisa in different aspects and for the partnership to continue long into the future as we resonate with Unisa in many areas which are to ultimately empower young people and make a difference in people’s lives”.
Unisa’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mandla Makhanya, said that the University has been putting in the work to ensure everything stays in place but that they, “need to begin to think and plan appropriately and to understand developments in the world and how to prepare for challenges of this nature in the future.”
He further explained that:
Pandemics of this nature cause the world to each time cleanse itself from what we have done to it. This time there is no war but there is a war we are responsible for – a war of destroying everything around us. The world has to come to a halt in order to replenish itself in order to be functional again.
Makhanya said that students continued as they were before even with the disruptions Covid presented and that “The calibre of the Unisa student has been mainly the mature one who is at work and is able to take care of their studies”.
However, Unisa has recently seen a change in their student body with the Vice-Chancellor saying that the younger generation are also a part of the University’s student body now.
Students who had no access to internet and devices previously had the option to visit one of Unisa’s 24 learning centres where they could do their online assignments but Covid prevented students from having access to these centres.
Unisa released a statement that read, “Unisa was hard at work in raising funds to continue to provide facilities and devices for them to make a success of their studies”.
Makhanya, and the Unisa student body of course, are definitely grateful for this donation which will hopefully make online learning accessible to many students as Makhanya said, “You may not understand the impact your contribution may have on the students who will receive the laptops. These are students who will one day qualify to do something in life as a benefit to society and future generations.”
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