Student Counselling and Development is passionate about student well-being

By Keaoleboga Motshabi and Phenyo Mokgothu

The Student Counselling and Development (SCD) department at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Mahikeng Campus took proactive steps to connect with students through a meet-and-greet programme held on 12 March 2024.

The meet-and-greet provided an opportunity for students to learn about the role of SCD in enhancing their academic and personal welfare, and that all these services are available not only to on-campus students, but also to those residing off-campus.

Lerato Wana, manager of SCD, highlighted the importance of reaching out to off-campus students. "Our statistics show that on-campus students are more likely to seek assistance compared to their off-campus counterparts.

“We therefore encourage off-campus students to seek help whenever they need it. They should not feel excluded just because they don't reside on campus," she said, emphasising that SCD is committed to supporting all students, regardless of their living arrangements.

In addition to SCD, the event featured participation from other student support units, including the campus health clinic, library and Disability Rights Unit. Together, these units reiterated their commitment to helping and supporting students whenever needed.

Lerato also explained how students can access SCD services. “Students have two options for setting up appointments – walk-ins or online appointments through the NWU eFundi platform. SCD operates from Monday to Thursday, from 08:00 to 16:30, ensuring availability during peak hours for student engagement.”

She reiterated that any student experiencing a problem or having a concern should come to SCD.

“We will address the matter appropriately and provide ongoing support to find a solution. Remember – our goal is to ensure that every student feels supported and empowered to thrive during their time at the NWU.”

Lerato Wana, manager of Student Counselling and Development on the NWU’s Mahikeng Campus, is passionate about supporting students.

Submitted on Wed, 03/27/2024 - 10:16