Schol­ar­ship takes Andile from Khayelit­sha to a Masters De­gree in Geneva

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PEOPLE - TSiBA SPOKESPER­SON

ANDILE Dy­onase, (24), grew up in Khayelit­sha where ac­cess to univer­sity is lim­ited as re­sult of the poor stan­dard of sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion and cost of higher ed­u­ca­tion.

Dy­onase’s destiny changed when he en­rolled at the Ter­tiary School in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TSiBA) in 2009 and, in just four years, grad­u­ated with a Higher Cer­tifi­cate and Bach­e­lor in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Andile got this op­por­tu­nity be­cause TSiBA is a non-profit ter­tiary busi­ness school which awards all of its stu­dents schol­ar­ships to study ac­cred­ited busi­ness pro­grammes.

This year Dy­onase went fur­ther than even he thought pos­si­ble by com­plet­ing his post­grad­u­ate stud­ies on a Kofi An­nan Schol­ar­ship in Geneva and grad­u­at­ing with a Master of Sci­ence in In­ter­na­tional Fi­nance from Busi­ness School Lau­sanne.

Dy­onase re­calls “The day I set foot in TSiBA my whole world changed and I dis­cov­ered un­tapped po­ten­tial buried in­side me. It wasn’t all plain sail­ing as I strug­gled with maths be­cause I lacked a solid math­e­mat­i­cal back­ground, but with the help of ded­i­cated staff and lec­tur­ers, hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion I passed maths with fly­ing colours.

“Grow­ing up in a town­ship, I never dreamed I would go to univer­sity, let alone travel across the world. Suc­cess was not some­thing I iden­ti­fied with, or could even re­late to.”

“When I re­turn home I can­not wait to share my jour­ney with fel­low young South Africans so they re­alise the fu­ture is in their hands, not those of the gov­ern­ment, par­ents or school.

“With the right at­ti­tude, they too can reach their high­est po­ten­tial re­gard­less of their back­ground.”

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