This year started with a very positive outlook on the possibilities of 2020. Early in the year, COVID-19 seemed far away in the east with no real connection to us here on the southern point of Africa. But this was not to be. Today we are in the sixth week of lockdown. The first-ever such regulations in South Africa and we are making the road by walking it. Only later in the lockdown process, after an extension, levels of lockdown were introduced.
It is this “making the path while walking” that Paulo Freire refers to. On this path, we have to learn to walk with others, walk on our own and be led in ways unknown to us. These are the days in which we have to not only learn but also relearn and unlearn our world and its challenges. Stellenbosch University must also walk this path along with its staff, students and the entire university community. Our bursary fund recipients for 2020 have to take up their bursary opportunities in much different circumstances than any of the others.
They have to learn in new and different ways, remotely and take much more responsibility for self-learning and discipline. In the spirit of Russel Botman, the bursary fund would like to encourage all interest groups to keep future generations in mind and continue to donate for the fund to continue developing the youth that needs to lead us into a new society and world.
Keep safe and healthy. Stay responsible and hopeful.