College of Humanities student Ms Thobile Sibiya has been awarded the Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship to pursue her Master’s degree in Special and inclusive Education at the University of Nottingham in England.
‘This scholarship proves that education is vital,’ said Sibiya. ‘It has given me access to a wealth of opportunities and made me realise that the girl who grew up in the village of Paulpietersburg in KZN can compete with students from other countries. I am certain that I can achieve all my goals. My special thanks go to the Emma Smith Scholarships committee and UKZN for this recognition.’
Looking forward to broadening her knowledge and comprehension of topics relating to inclusivity and diversity, she will examine the concerns of inclusion in institutions of higher education, exploring potential tactics that instructors could implement in the classroom to ensure methods for distributing content are inclusive and diverse, considering the uniqueness and individuality of learners. ‘The UK is known for its inclusiveness in the education spectrum and I’m hoping that the setting and environment there will help me learn more about inclusivity-related issues.’
She believes that scholarships such as the one she was awarded are important for students. ‘No-one’s education should be restricted because of their disadvantaged background or lack of income. I’m thankful UKZN provides these opportunities that allow us into a field that advances our academic growth.’
Her advice to students is: ‘Do not give up – instead pursue what you want with all your might.’