The Centre for Student Recruitment and Career Advice (CSR), hosted 28 top-performing learners from six Delft schools participating in the Blue Bus Ministries Success Club:
- Simunye High School
- Masibambisane High School
- Hindle High School
- Delft Technical High School
- Rosendal High School
- Voorbrug High School
One of several projects hosted by Blue Bus Ministries is the Success Club in Delft, aimed at improving academic success. They target both primary and high school learners and also support students from the community who attend university. The project includes, among other aspects, a reading project and partnership with Stellenbosch University's Department of Psychology and Industrial Psychology. This partnership assists these learners with subject choice guidance.
The learners were welcomed by Dr Gillian Arendse, Deputy Director of the CSR. Dr Arendse inspired learners, motivating them to see life differently and not let their backgrounds determine their futures.
Learners were also inspired by current students from participating schools. These students shared their stories, especially highlighting the importance of working hard and achieving good results. They also shared their respective journeys with regards to transitioning from high school to university, making new friends and living in residences.
The main aim of the visit was to assist learners with the application process and entice them with the possibilities - to give them a real-life experience of being a student at Stellenbosch University. Learners also had the opportunity to attend lectures, complete a campus tour and have lunch and a tour of Metanoia residence.
The CSR conducted a survey among these learners, and these were some of the comments:
- “I thought teaching was only in Afrikaans. The lecture I attended was conducted in English."
- “The University is diverse, the environment is friendly and has easy access to most facilities."
- “It's a good university, which has all the necessary facilities that will allow me to be successful in life."
The majority of learners also indicated that they would be the first in their family to pursue studies at a university.