Faculty student council initiates book donation campaign
The Faculty of Commerce and Administration on the Mafikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU) launched an aid campaign called “Moithuti donate a book” on 31 March. To kick-start the initiative, members of the Commerce and Administration Student Council each donated two books.
The aim of the campaign is to ease the burden on students who cannot afford textbooks. This campaign calls for fellow students to donate books to those that are financially challenged and cannot manage the cost of textbooks. While this campaign addresses scholarly issues of students, it likewise inculcates the spirit of Ubuntu amongst them.
Keitumetse Molebatsi who is part of the project mentioned that the council takes pride in trying to provide solutions to their fellow students’ problems: “As the Commerce and Administration Council our job is to care about the students in our faculty by providing solutions to their problems in any way we can. A number of students fail modules because they cannot afford textbooks and a lot of other students sell them, so this was to help students with their finances and also their academic advancement."
“So far everything is going relatively well; it started off with all council members donating books to encourage other students to donate as well. The good news is that we seem to be getting more students donating than students requesting textbooks. I hope this article will contribute to getting the word out there that this campaign is not only for students who want to help others but also for those who need help (textbooks). Few students have brought in requests for textbooks but we hope more of them will come forward as we continue to spread the word, we will definitely wish to help them,” she added.
By the end of the campaign the Faculty of Commerce and Administration Student Council hopes to make a huge difference by having more students embracing the spirit of Ubuntu, not only within the faculty, but extending it to other faculties as well.
“The council will continue with this campaign extending it to the following years. I believe we do not always have to get external help from different organisations or individuals, it can all start here with us helping each other, as to some extent we are a family,” said Keitumetse.