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Standard Bank continues to lead the way in supporting needy students at the University of Fort Hare.  The South African financial service group recently donated 25 laptops to the university.

Of the donated devices, nine were allocated to disabled students and 16 were allocated to the disability section in the library –for the benefit of all disabled students. The laptops are most welcomed as the university has largely moved to online learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the years, UFH has been fortunate to benefit from such kind gestures and unwavering support from Standard Bank – one of our trusted partners. We are confident that this is not the last donation.

Some of the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude over the donated devices, saying having a laptop, has impacted them positively. Below are some of the messages from the beneficiaries:

“Having a laptop made a great impact on my studies. I am now able to join online sessions with ease! This might seem like a small gesture to some, but for a person who is visually impaired having a well-functioning laptop means that I am able to do more and not rely on others. I feel like my dignity has been restored. I am really happy that Fort Hare Foundation and Standard Bank saw the need to afford us an opportunity to perform at the same level as able-bodied students. I am pleased to announce that I have managed to get nothing below 60% for my first semester modules, with a whopping 3 distinctions if I may also add! This just shows that, with the proper assistive devices, the sky is the limit for all students! Once again, THANK YOU”

Another beneficiary wrote: “I write this email to give thanks to Standard Bank for the laptop. I got disabled in 2017 after a long illness that also led to me having to drop out of school that year and losing my NSFAS funding. I subsequently lost my mother and was left with my father whose only source of income is his old age grant. With the above-mentioned situations, it became difficult for me to adjust at varisty, especially with Covid-19 and having to study online. However, the donated laptops mitigated that difficulty. God bless all of you at Standard Bank.”

The UFH Disability Unit (DU) also expressed its gratitude to the Fort Hare Foundation and Standard Bank for acknowledging the needs of disabled students and promoting inclusive education.

 Issued by:

Ms Nokulunga Mnqeta

Development Director: Fort Hare Foundation