03 Nov 2016 07:30am
REHOBOTH, 2 NOVEMBER (NAMPA) The Rehoboth Community Trust (RCT) is again offering bursaries for the 2017 academic year to students whose parents are low to middle income earners.
The RCT has been assisting students within the Hardap Region with bursaries since 2006 to help those who want to study further, especially in the science fields to do so. So far the Trust has helped over 30 students since the programme started.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday the Executive Chairman of RCT, Ronald Kubas said giving bursaries to qualifying students is in line with the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) introduced last year by President Hage Geingob.
He explained that although the programme started in 2006, the Trust saw it fit to now award three beneficiaries per year instead of two as was done previously to be in line with the HPP.
Most parents earn little and thus cant afford to send their children to further their studies at tertiary level, Kubas remarked adding that it was for this reason that the RCT had initiated the bursaries.
He explained that after a student completes their studies they are expected to pay back the amount lent to them to sustain the programme.
It is a requirement for each beneficiary to pay back the amount spent on them during the course of their studies in order to sustain the programme and assist more students, he said.
Seth De Koe, one of the previous beneficiaries of the bursary programme, now an architect, said he was grateful to have been helped by the RCT.
After I finished my school I was wondering who would assist me as my mother was not in a good financial state to pay for my studies. I was told RCT assist learners with bursaries and tried my luck and succeeded.
I went to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa and completed my three year degree in architecture thanks to the generous gesture of RCT, De Koe said.
De Koe urged other organisations to follow the standard set by the RCT in helping needy students to obtain degrees to boost Namibias economy.