NWU awards Chancellor’s Medals
The Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU) has recently awarded Chancellor’s Medal to Rev Erlo Hartwig Stegen during the PhD graduation ceremonies held on 23 and 24 May 2013.
Rev Stegen received the Chancellor’s Medal for his humanitarian work among poor rural communities.
Rev Stegen was born in 1935 on the family farm, Paardefontein, and had been a travelling evangelist since the 1950s up to 1970 when he formed the Kwasizabantu missionary station. This missionary station is situated on a farm of 550 hectares between Greytown and Stanger in KwaZulu-Natal, and is currently the largest missionary station in Africa.
Kwasizabantu is a non-denominational missionary station and reaches out to people of all racial and cultural groups for ministration of faith, spiritual guidance, educational support and counselling.
Rev Stegen’s achievements also reach beyond the missionary field. He established, amongst others, the Thabitha School for Adults – a literacy centre for adults – and the Domino Servite School, a combined school with 300 learners.
In addition to the abovementioned, he also founded the Cedar College of Education in 1994 – an off-campus training facility for teachers that is affiliated with the Potchefstroom Campus of the NWU, where the Faculty of Educational Sciences annually presents BEd and HonsBEd degrees and diplomas.
Rev Stegen is also well-known for his part in the development of poor rural communities by means of agricultural and community development projects.