REAP TEAM CONTINUES STUDENT ENGAGEMENTS
Walter Sisulu University Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) hosted first-year students as part of their drive of highlighting the organization in all different sites at the Buffalo City Campus.
Walter Sisulu University’s Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) hosted first-year students as part of their drive of highlighting the organization in all different sites at the Buffalo City Campus.
This time, the REAP team conducted the workshop with students from the Potsdam site and students residing at Peterson House residence in King Williams Town.
REAP Project Coordinator for Buffalo City, Vatiswa Mangxola expressed that they decided to do the introduction drive per site to have the most impact and to give the students the attention they deserve. Out of the 250 first-year students under the REAP programme this year, 55 were present representing the Potsdam site.
“Basically we are trying to get to know all our students and for them to know us as well. With our introductions, we explain everything about us as REAP and our partners and also ensure our commitment to WSU” said Mangxola.
The day was filled with energizing and interactive games to help build a free and positive space but two senior WSU students, Siseko Bethela and Fatima Mohamed sealed it to a perfect ending.
The two, who personally asked to be part of the programme to motivate the students, said they wanted to motivate the students because they have been around campus and know the pressures that come with it, they have dealt with issues that needed guidance but because it was not available, took not so wise decisions.
Accountancy student Mohammed said she has first-hand experience of the struggles within university for a student who was exposed to an easier and simpler life and now has to deal with a fast-paced environment like varsity, Mohammed said “I know what it means to be lost and without a voice to speak out, today I am here to inform you not to allow to suffer alone and to constantly speak and learn.”
One of the projects that most students seem to have enjoyed is the goals setting topic, where students were placed in groups of 10 and had to discuss their own personal goals with one another and present it to the entire class.
Asked how this act helped her, student Sisipho said it made her put down her thoughts into words and made them open to criticism and views from others. This, as she puts it, helped her ‘realise the Importance of goal setting in a realistic and sensible manner’.
After wrapping up the session, the REAP team said they will now prepare for the next set of students to take place at the College Street site.