UJ SCHOOL OF TOURISM & HOSPITALITY SEEKS PLEDGES TO FUND STUDENTS
The Tourism and Hospitality sector continues to be a spark in the ailing economy and is set to drive the South African economic ambitions. However, a large number of eligible and worthy students with ambition to follow a career in this sector many not be able to do so due to the inability to afford paying their tuition fees. To address this issue UJ’s School of Tourism & Hospitality (STH) seeks industry pledges to fund eligible students – particularly students who fall within the “missing middle” category.
Last year through the pledges made by industry, partners and alumni, the STH was able to raise R2.2 million. The funds raised have assisted 40 students to continue and or complete their studies in Tourism and Hospitality Management in the 2017 academic year.
This year, the University of Johannesburg is once again raising funds for the missing middle. The STH is embracing the spirit of fundraising in support of these students and is calling on you, to help raise funds towards the students’ tuition. Globally, the demand for spaces at higher education institutions will have expanded from 97-million students in 2000 to more than 262-million by 2025. The South African situation is certainly no exception. Although the budget for overall education in South Africa has progressively improved, the critical challenges of equality and access have lagged.
As prominent industry players, the STH appeals to you to contribute tangibly in ensuring we do not face a further skills gap in this critical sector. Pledge funds towards this worthy cause and use your influence to encourage others in your network to participate and support this campaign – help grow the skills pool in this critical sector. #WeDoTourism. Should you have any queries or require more information, please feel free to contact Tebogo Sebambo on firstname.lastname@example.org.