Get­ting to the Start­ing Line: In­vest­ing in South Africa

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Inner City Gazette - - News - By Dr Rob Stegmann, Bos­ton City Cam­pus & Busi­ness Col­lege

Psy­chol­o­gist, An­gela Duck­worth, has stud­ied what makes suc­cess­ful peo­ple, suc­cess­ful. She dis­cov­ered that the hall­mark of high achiev­ers is this qual­ity she calls grit— the com­bi­na­tion of pas­sion and per­se­ver­ance for a sin­gu­larly im­por­tant goal. At Bos­ton, we have wit­nessed stu­dents who have grit, who de­spite the odds stacked against them, have some­how man­aged to push through and grad­u­ate. We have also ob­served stu­dents who have all the in­gre­di­ents for suc­cess.The pas­sion is there.The will to achieve is there.But for one seem­ingly in­sur­mount­able ob­sta­cle—fi­nances—these stu­dents will not see the fin­ish line.

It has too of­ten been the case that stu­dents will ei­ther ex­clude them­selves from pur­su­ing a higher ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tion or will drop out mid-stream be­cause of a lack of fi­nan­cial sup­port. At Bos­ton, we feel that ed­u­ca­tion is too im­por­tant for the lack of fi­nances to be the rea­son for not pur­su­ing a higher ed­u­ca­tion qual­i­fi­ca­tion. We be­lieve that gritty prospec­tive stu­dents who are al­ready show­ing their com­mit­ment to mak­ing a go at life by tak­ing the first steps to ap­ply at Bos­ton, de­serve an in­vest­ment in their fu­ture.

And, so, in the spirit of Ubuntu—a per­son is a per­son through other peo­ple—Bos­ton is com­mit­ting it­self to make an in­vest­ment in the fu­ture of South Africa by part­ner­ing, fi­nan­cially, with prospec­tive stu­dents. This in­vest­ment will mean that prospec­tive stu­dents en­rolling in one of the many Higher Cer­tifi­cates on of­fer at Bos­ton will get a chance to pur­sue their dreams and take own­er­ship of their fu­tures. The in­vest­ment in YOU is a shared in­vest­ment in YOUR fu­ture. Bos­ton will in­vest up to a third of the fees for a Higher Cer­tifi­cate and stu­dents will be re­quired to con­trib­ute the re­main­ing fees (with flex­i­ble pay­ment op­tions).

South Africa’s fu­ture is too im­por­tant not to make this in­vest­ment. The re­wards for stu­dents and so­ci­ety are in­cal­cu­la­ble. Over­com­ing the ob­sta­cle that the lack of fi­nances of­ten poses for stu­dents pur­su­ing higher ed­u­ca­tion, so the re­search has shown, makes a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the psy­cho-so­cial well-be­ing of stu­dents and this has a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of one’s stud­ies. In turn, the im­pact on the broader so­ci­ety is also no­tice­able. Grad­u­ates who find em­ploy­ment not only make a con­tri­bu­tion to the econ­omy, they be­come bill­boards for the trans­for­ma­tive power of ed­u­ca­tion.

Grit is im­por­tant. It is what will get you over the fin­ish line. But, some­times you need some­one to get you to the start line. At Bos­ton, we be­lieve that our in­vest­ment in stu­dents with an NSC (Higher Cer­tifi­cate en­dorse­ment) ap­ply­ing for any of our Higher Cer­tifi­cates will get stu­dents to the start­ing line where we know they will show their grit and reach their dreams and make an im­pact on South Africa.

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On com­ple­tion of a Higher Cer­tifi­cate, grad­u­ates may seek en­try for ad­mis­sion to an Ad­vanced Cer­tifi­cate, Di­ploma or Bach­e­lor’s de­gree.

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