As part of the inaugural South African Youth Awards, hosted by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), the President's Award was awarded to Nolwazi Pinkie Madlala (26), a physically disabled woman who has overcome the limitations of being in a wheelchair to make her dream of studying a reality.
Part of her prize is a student degree bursary of R100 000 to that will facilitate a three-year degree at any Damelin campus, nationwide.
In her acceptance speech, she remarked that initially one of her greatest challenges has been that most buildings do not have amenities for the physically disabled, yet this never dissuaded her from attending classes every day. She has been an active member of her community and says that she will undertake a year of community service in 2013. In light of this, she would like to donate the bursary to a well deserving recipient from her charity group, as she recalls working with many young people who long to further their education once matriculated but do not have the means to do so. She is confident that the bursary will make a difference in the life of the selected recipient.
'Against All Odds'
The awards carried the theme 'Against All Odds', in that nominees and awardees are young people who coordinate community outreach programs and make profound contributions towards youth development and mentoring their peers, despite obstacles that may stand in the way.
Educor chief commercial officer, Nolan Charles said, "We believe that the bursary is a stepping stone towards youth development and strengthening the fight against poverty and unemployment through access to quality education. We believe that it is essential to promote projects that provide the necessary support and guidance to eliminate financial constraints to deserving students completing their studies."
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