In a bid to increase student pass rate and create a sense of fellowship amongst students, the Faculty of Commerce, Administration and Law has introduced a mentorship training programme. This developmental initiative aims to facilitate the transition of first year students into university life. The Faculty’s Academic Coordinator Dr Winnie Mthanti said the senior students will serve as mentors to the first years, to contribute towards the personal, academic and social development of these students.
Programme facilitator, Juan-Pierre van der Walt of Inspiration Professional Consultation provided the students with insight into what mentoring entails.
He explained that mentorship is a relationship where you, as the mentor will assist in the development of your mentee through sharing your personal knowledge, skills and experience with them.
“A large part of mentorship is not only to encourage the development of your mentee, but to take the opportunity for your personal development,” said van der Walt.
Third year law student, Sibonakaliso Jili described his participation in the programme as a delightful one. “The training helped me realize that there are students within our institution that need a lot of attention. We will fully support our mentees so that they can improve their academic performance,” he said.
This project is the first of its kind at the university and can prove to be a success through lots of hard work and student participation.