Students can have all types of problems, including personal ones. Mukhanyo therefore decided to start with a mentorship programme this year. Rev Isaac Maleke, Dean of Students explains how it works: “The idea is that students receive spiritual guidance. In the first place, students are divided into groups and a lecturer is assigned to each group. They meet weekly to discuss spiritual matters such as their walk with the Lord. Other challenges that they face also come up and these are dealt with. The Bible forms the central part of the discussions.
“Discussions per class are also promoted. In addition, one-on-one private sessions take place to enable a student to talk about his/her personal problems and challenges.
“The idea of the mentorship programme is to promote spiritual growth by encouraging the use of all the means of grace God has given us. The by-product of that must be godly character. “We hope to be able to deal with potentially serious issues of importance with students as early as possible and not wait until their problems get out of control. Prevention is always better than cure.”
What type of problems do students have? “A wide variety. It could be on dating and marriage, financial difficulty or academic.” The programme started in February. Rev Isaac has high expectations that it will help students not only in as far as their studies are concerned, but also in respect of their personal lives.
Johannesburg campus: right and ready