The UKZN Medical School Student Representative Council (MSRC) recently visited Mbopha High School in KwaHlabisa, northern KwaZulu-Natal, with the intent of unlocking academic potential at the school.

The MSRC provided information and advice regarding the applications process to universities as well as bursaries.

Members of the MSRC also motivated learners to work hard for their upcoming June exams whilst also sharing their university experiences with the learners.

During discussions, learners showed eagerness and determination to study further and to seek valuable opportunities to succeed in life.

Matric learners have big dreams but have limited knowledge on how to turn those dreams into reality. Members of the MSRC have thus taken it upon themselves to go back to their communities and advise learners on matters such as study opportunities.

‘It is surely an inspiration when we see young people coming back to speak and motivate others to pursue their dreams and realise their potential,’ said Mr Musawenkosi Silawule, Mbopha High School Principal.

Zimkhitha Ntozakhe, MSRC Community Development Officer, said the visit was worth it, adding that ‘nothing makes me happier than knowing that I have enabled yet another African child with information to strive for what they believe in.’ ‘If we had sufficient funding at our disposal, we would organise more of these visits and continue being agents of change within our societies.’

Words: Lihle Sosibo