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The application process for the Nine Tenths Mentoring Programme is complete!

Date Released: Mon, 27 February 2017 10:37 +0200

The blissful chaos of the year has begun and energy and enthusiasm is high among the selected mentors. It is pleasing to announce that all three schools (Nomubelelo, Ntsika and Mary Waters) have mentors. The programme began in ernest this weekend in Eden Grove, training our mentors.

On the weekend of 25-26 February, 100 Rhodes students committed to being mentors for the Nine Tenths Mentoring programme. The weekend opened with some words of gratitude from Dr. Mabizela,  for the commitment of the students. He encouraged students to approach mentoring humbly and courageously; reminding them that being part of the project adds to the holistic education that Rhodes University strives to provide.

The training engaged students in many ways- through roles plays, practical work and presentations from various community members. Ms Babsy Makombe and Dr. Ashley Westaway, from GADRA Education got straight to the nitty gritty of how the programme functions and how mentors assist the process. In its second year running, returning mentors were utilized in sessions to share their experiences and help pass on knowledge to newcomers – a valuable addition to training! Finally, Anna Talbot (the student co-ordinator at RUCE) hosted a discussion on compliance and the importance of the data that is collected from the programme and got mentors geared up for their first session. Dr. Hennie van der Mersch concluded the training with an engaging conversation on Emotional Intelligence (reading body language in order to establish the wellbeing of one’s mentee).


Buhle giving her feedback from last year: “tough love!”

Practical work: role playing the first session

Staff waiting to welcome students

Practical work: working out level of pass and entrance points for various scenarios

Source:Community Engagement Directorate