#GetMeToGraduation will host an event this February to help eradicate hunger-induced university student dropout.
Vice-Chancellors of universities in South Africa have identified hunger on campus as a significant problem for increasing numbers of students and a major obstacle to graduation. Get Me To Graduation was created to remove hunger and psychosocial issues as barriers to completing university.
Its first initiative is to tackle hunger on campus by providing R1 000 per month to deserving students. Since April 2016, the programme has disbursed almost R3 million to students at the universities of Johannesburg, North-West and Limpopo.
Join us in our efforts toward eradicating student dropout due to hunger by pledging a plate at our thought-provoking event where we will engage in meaningful conversation about unlocking the potential of bright, hard-working students in our tertiary institutions. With three categories of plates to choose from, we hope to have your hands on deck. For the gold plate, we’re requesting that you pledge R100 000 a month to feed 100 students in need. With the silver plate, to supply 50 students, we ask that you commit to R50 000 a month. The bronze plate feeds 10 students and goes for a monthly amount of R10 000.
#GetMeToGraduation will take place on 1 February 2018 at JSE Limited. Guest speakers include UJ Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Economist, Dr Thabi Leoka and Managing Director of Yellowwood, Refilwe Maluleke.
A beneficiary of the programme, Makurube Solomon, attested, “The food allowance that has been granted to us has predominantly helped us to function like every other student with financial support; it allowed us a great deal of improvement in our studies and enticed the need to participate in diverse sports activities.”
We hope that more students will feel empowered to immerse themselves in their University experiences without hunger being an issue.
To join us, please book and pledge a plate here.