The teachers I had throughout school are my heroes and role models. They were good at explaining content, were patient, set high goals and knew how to motivate us, says Frene Ginwala Scholarship winner, Bachelor of Education student, Ms Thembalethu Mthembu.
‘I decided to pursue a career in teaching because I believe that education is important and it will improve the world. I want to be part of this honorable profession and maybe someday I will be counted among those in whom future student teachers found inspiration.’
The Frene Ginwala Scholarship is awarded to top Black African women entrants arriving at the University as new undergraduate students.
Mthembu matriculated at Sinethezekile Combined School at Jozini where she achieved outstanding Grade 12 results.
‘I am over the moon about receiving the scholarship. What makes me the happiest is that I got it because of my hard work and determination. The scholarship will open many doors for me as it will cover my tuition fees,’ she said.
Mthembu plans to study to PhD level and eventually become a university lecturer.
She has this advice for other students: ‘Make your studies a priority because they are the main key to success.’