DeafNET seeks to empower young girls, Deaf or with hearing loss, by offering them the opportunity to further their education. The promotion of education and training is an important activity for DeafNET. It is our vision that the scholarship will develop into an ongoing institution / project at DeafNET.
DeafNET allocates a bursary to young Deaf girls from Africa to access a qualification in the field of their choice at the National Institution of the Deaf (NID) College in Worcester, South Africa. The NID College provides further education in occupational- and skills training for deaf students in a variety of study fields e.g. Hospitality, Cosmetology and Beauty, Construction, Upholstery, Agriculture, Early Childhood Development, E-Learner, ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence) and Jewellery Manufacturing (MQA).
This accredited training provides opportunities for job placement as well as the opportunity to become full participating members of society. The intensity of the need for this service becomes more and more evident throughout the involvement in the program. The eagerness of the students in succeeding and defying all odds have been proved by the fact that many deaf individuals would be able to have a positive change of future if given this opportunity.
The greatest obstacle is lack of resources to allow this dream or making dreams to become a reality. The Scholarship is for a period of two years and it covers flight tickets, transport, accommodation and meals, tuition, class fees, permits and visas, learning material, toiletries, pocket money and a laptop.
Recruitment process for Scholarship program:
DeafNET is in partnership with DeafTV SABC 3, through their Zwakala Africa Awards (Performing Arts) and provides this scholarship as a prize, for one of the categories, as these deaf individuals who win awards have proven themselves as deserving of the scholarship. By following this route it helps to narrow down the process of recruitment as the need is overwhelming.