By Matshidiso Makhalanyane “I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to study further. For that to happen, the heavens had to forge a way.” Mixed feelings on Jean-Pierré van der Walt`s face as he recalls the miracles and hardships of his journey. Jean-Pierre is one of the ambassadors of the Student Bursary Fund Campaign which was launched by the University of the Free State (UFS). The aim of the project is to raise R100m in order to fund talented, deserving students who do not have financial support to obtain university degree. “When I was in matric, going to University was never an option. It made me feel despondent and I thought to myself: after school, what would life be like, where am I going?” this was the time that a funding opportunity enabled him to pursue his dream of making a through education. He completed BEd degree in Senior and FET in 2015. “Varsity taught me to stand up for myself, to make my voice heard,” Jean-Pierré says. “If I did not have the opportunity to attend University, I would have missed my calling in life: to show the world that, despite your physical restrictions, you can still make a difference.” Jean-Pierré is looking forward to being both English and Sesotho teacher.   Photo courtesy of: Sonia Small

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