Student Dynamics (SD), a non-profit organisation (NPO), involving UKZN students, excelled at the recent 7th annual KwaZulu-Natal Young Achievers Awards which recognise young people in the province who go the extra mile to make a difference in their communities and change lives by their actions.
Student Dynamics, which won the Leadership Award, is an independent non-profit organisation established in 2005 to provide historically disadvantaged communities with information regarding access to tertiary education, funding and accommodation.
The organisation was started by a group of UKZN students who realised the majority of students from disadvantaged areas in KwaZulu-Natal were not able to gain entry into institutions of higher learning because they were unaware of entry requirements and were not informed about potential funders.
Student Dynamics took on the responsibility to provide the necessary information to as many students as possible and also to motivate and inspire them.
‘I would like to thank all SD members on the Medical School, Howard College, and Westville campuses for their involvement. Without their hard work, selflessness and commitment none of this would have been possible,’ said SD Managing Director, Mr Khayelihle Zondi.
Student Dynamics has transformed from a club to a formidable NPO in KwaZulu-Natal addressing social problems, through programmes such as Paducation – the distribution of sanitary towels at schools.
The organisation was recognised by the Save the Children NGO for its two-year mentorship programme in KwaZulu-Natal country areas including Kokstad, Ingwavuma, Hlabisa and Mtubatuba.