UKZN’s College of Health Sciences (CHS) hosted a series of Peer Wellness and Academic Mentors Certification Ceremonies aimed at acknowledging work done by College mentors.
The programme, supported by Student Support Services (SSS) and Academic Development Officers (ADOs) in collaboration with the CHS Teaching and Learning Office, is unique to the CHS at UKZN. It has a total of 46 Peer Wellness Mentors (PWMs), 30 Academic Mentors (AMs), all supporting students from their first year through to their final years of study, and operating across three campuses - Westville, Howard College and Medical School.
At the first ceremony, the CHS Student Support Services counsellor Ms Suzanne Stokes made awards to Peer Wellness Mentors and Academic Mentors at a ceremony at the Medical School. A total 16 PWMs and 21 AMs are on the School of Health Sciences’s Laboratory Medicine and Clinical Medicine Programme. Stokes said the Mentor Certification Ceremony aimed to thank the mentors for their contribution to the success of the College’s PWM and AM Programme.
Academic Mentor, final year Medical student, Mr Senzo Nkosi, enjoyed the one-year experience in the programme. ‘This has been a great time for me. It helped me to study more and I benefited more than the people I mentored as the process really boosted my confidence as an individual and a future doctor.’
Academic Mentor, third year medical student, Andile Mfene, mentored second year Medical students. He said they received positive feedback from the students.
The Nursing and Public Health PWMs echoed similar sentiments to the PWMs at the Medical School. The group enjoyed mentoring first year students.
‘I had a busy first semester with the first years but the second semester was too quiet because they didn’t need our help much,’ said second year PWM, Ms Nompilo Dlamini.
The programme was both challenging and rewarding, said second year Nursing student, Ms Aphiwe Gumede. ‘I enjoyed interacting with the mentees. I found that it’s easier to be a mentor if you stay at res, it is kind of difficult if you live off campus.’
Thaver thanked all the mentors and awarded them with certificates of appreciation.
On Howard College, a total of four PWMs and four AMs promote holistic well-being and academic success for the School of Nursing and Public Health.
The third and final Peer Mentor and Academic Mentor ceremony was held on Westville campus with 26 PWMs and five AMs from the School of Health Sciences and Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences being awarded certificates and acknowledged for their role in promoting student wellness and success.
The event also acknowledged the role of the ADOs in supporting students in the College.