NWU COVID-19 Response Fund

 

Laptop and connectivity project

At the North-West University we pride ourselves in delivering high quality graduates into the workplace with well-rounded knowledge and skills that make a significant impact in their communities – be it locally or internationally. Within the South African higher education landscape, the University is established as a stable and well-managed institution and we enjoy a valued reputation with employers across all sectors. 
 
The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for both people and society. It has also fundamentally disrupted the higher education system in terms of teaching, learning and assessment activities. 

In the context of the nationwide lockdown and other additional, but necessary safety measures, the need to support our staff to keep the academic project alive, and to support our students to keep on learning – despite unprecedented trials - is now greater than ever.  In an effort to facilitate continued academic learning during this time, the University has opted to carry on its teaching and learning activities through an online mode of delivery. In preparation for this, the University conducted an online learning readiness survey among its students. A large number of students indicated that they do not have the necessary devices or network connection to facilitate online learning. 
 
The University Management and leadership, as well as the academic and support units of the institution, are aware of the need to provide optimal, effective and timely support for the teaching and learning project, and as such the following has already been successfully negotiated:
  • Zero-rated access to our relevant sub-domains. This means that our staff and students will be able to access study material and information from our website and the online learning management system, eFundi, at no charge.
  • The procurement of data packages for students at a cost to the university.

At the centre of our teaching and learning strategy is our unwavering commitment to ensuring equitable access to all our students. Despite the challenges that accompany the COVID-19 disruption, the University will continue to do everything within its power to enable every student to successfully complete the academic year.


Request for support

Driven by our commitment towards social justice and an ethic of care, the University has finalised plans for the procurement of laptops for students. However, we have realised that our resources might not be sufficient to cover all students in need. To bridge this gap, we would like to request you to join us in making a difference at a time when our country needs it the most. Please support us with funding to procure the necessary equipment for our students. Alternatively, you can also donate any laptops – in good working condition – to our cause. 

Subject to conditions, an 18A Tax certificate or BBBEE letter will be provided to all our donors. 

For enquiries and the delivery of used laptops, please send an email to Celeste Rossouw at 13044249@nwu.ac.za.

 

EFT payments can be made using the following banking details:

Account Holder Name: North-West University
Acc no: 67 064 2313
Branch name: Absa Tom Street
Branch code: 632005
Swift Code: ABSAZAJJ
Add the following as reference: Lap+initial+surname (e.g. LapWPieterse)

 

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