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The No Student Hungry Programme

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Vice-Chancellor hosts students in NSH Programme
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The No Student Hungry (NSH) Programme provides our students in need with modest food allowances and daily access to one balanced meal. Students are selected in terms of financial need, academic performance, participation in student life, and a commitment to giving back to the community. The programme allows students to focus on their studies without worrying about their next meal – increasing their chances to excel academically and ultimately obtain their degrees.

In 2011 Prof Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the UFS, discovered that a significant number of students were studying without eating on a regular basis. A recent study indicated that 59% of the student population suffers from food insecurity. Many of these students eventually drop out of higher education because of the need to earn an income.

These were often students with strong academic records, but without adequate funding for regular meals. This is when Prof Jansen decided to establish the No Student Hungry Programme. To bolster the project’s funding, Prof Jansen allocated the proceeds from his book, ‘We Need to Talk’.

On 1 April 2011 the first 100 students were awarded food bursaries and started using their student cards for daily meals on the Bloemfontein Campus.

Ms Grace Jansen, Prof Jansen’s wife, and Dr Carin Buys, wife of Mr Rudi Buys, Dean of Student Affairs, volunteered to drive the programme. They are continually involved in awareness campaigns, fundraising events and securing private and public relationships. Donations from Kovsie staff and affiliated organisations provide additional relief.

The goal is to expand the project annually as support for it grows. The NSH Programme already extended its reach to our Qwaqwa Campus in April 2013, and the South Campus in April 2014.

The NSH team meets with students on a regular basis to offer training, motivation, and opportunities for personal growth and career development. In turn, students are expected to become involved in university or community projects as a way of ploughing back into the community.

For more information, contact Vicky Simpson

T: +27 51 401 7197
E: SimpsonVZ@ufs.ac.za

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