Van Schaik Bookstore has donated study material to 120 needy students living with disabilities at the University of Limpopo’s (UL) Reakgona Disability Centre (RDC) as a way to encourage students to work hard towards their final examinations
The RDC is a centre of excellence – the first of its kind in the country – that is equipped with advanced enabling technology that facilitates teaching and learning of students with disabilities, such as mrientation and mobility training for blind students, low vision reading, audio and braille library services, computer laboratory with JAWS programme, and braille production facilities.
Receiving Clerk at Van Schaik Bookstore at Turfloop, Piet Moselakgomo, says the donation of the stationery packages to the RDC students is part of the store’s initiative of giving back to the university community. The package include notebooks, highlighters, pens, pencils, rulers and headphones for partially sighted students among other things.
Moselakgomo says UL students are the store’s main clientele, “They have been buying stationery and textbooks from the bookstore since the store opened its doors in Turfloop.”
Deputy Director of Centre for Student Counselling and Development (CSCD) at UL, Vincent Cloete, received the donation on behalf of the centre and thanked Van Schaik for landing a helping hand when it mattered most. He says some students cannot afford to buy all stationery, especially during the exam season.
“It was difficult for me to study without things like highlighters. The allowance from NSFAS has never been enough for me since I rely on it for each of my academic needs,” says elated Business Management first-year student, Fahlogang Motswari.