Reigning Miss South Africa, Ndavi Nokeri, today announced a R1.3 million partnership between her Ed-Unite advocacy campaign and leading IT and business educational institute Richfield.
This affiliation means that 10 South African learners, aged 18 years or older, who enter the Ed-Unite Richfield competition stand to win full academic bursaries to study at one of Richfield’s eight campuses around the country. The bursary is for full-time contact studies towards a full-time undergraduate qualification in 2024 or distance learning studies towards an undergraduate qualification, starting in August 2023.
Each of the 10 winners will also receive a laptop with all licencing and data access to learning content. The competition opens the Richfield website on July 1 and closes on July 28 at midnight.
This partnership continues Nokeri’s pledge when she was crowned in 2022, which was to help equalise the playing field by ensuring equal education for all – regardless of colour or economic status. Her campaign aims to gather money for school infrastructure and facilities, scholarships and bursaries, support for menstrual hygiene and medical needs, as well as sports and training.
The Richfield partnership has been launched during Youth Month – a time that highlights how equal opportunity for young people is still a struggle. The launch – which included a discussion between Nokeri as well as Adam Kelly, Richfield Group Chief Commercial Officer and Shireen Chengadu, Richfield Group Chief Academic Officer – will feature in next week’s podcast episode of Ed-Unite Talks broadcast on YouTube.
Known as a leading institution in the study of Information Technology, Business and Public Administration for over 32 years, with eight campuses nationwide, Richfield is transforming the way tertiary education is thought about from a higher learning perspective to the approach within the classroom itself.
With unemployment continuing to escalate in South Africa, Richfield aims to approach tertiary education as a development programme, with the core focus being to uplift prospective and current students with the necessary skill sets to thrive in an ever-changing economy.
Students are exposed to a digitally focused and technologically led curriculum, as well as career development through coding workshops, work readiness pods and entrepreneurship training.
All these offerings are elevated by the opportunity to receive more than just a degree, with certification from courses facilitated by industry-leading organisations such as IBM, AWS, CISCO, Oracle, Salesforce, and CIMA. At no cost to their degree, students learn about Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Data Science, Microsoft Power BI and so much more to give them a leg up within the job market.
Nokeri acknowledges there were challenges in her academic journey: “Growing up, I struggled with mathematics in school. With every bad result I received, I started believing and accepting that it was something that I just couldn’t do until I decided to approach it with a different attitude.”
This is what also attracted Nokeri to Richfield’s Maths and Science classes which help students refine their skills to prepare them for the world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Richfield’s maths and science classes equip matric students with the right tools to enter tertiary institutions. They support high schools readying learners for tertiary institutions holding revision classes to help prepare them for the STEM subjects.
As part of the campaign, Nokeri will be visiting Richfield campuses to sit in on the classes and inspire students who are already part of this life-changing programme.
Miss South Africa is presented by Weil Entertainment in association with Sun International.
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