Meet Reshavan Naicker, is one of 8 South African students that is to be awarded a two-year United World Colleges (UWC) Scholarship.
The 16yo has been awarded a 50% scholarship and has already left South Africa to attend the UWC Costa Rica in Central America.
The journey for Reshavan has been one that is commendable on his determination to be selected. Apart from the initial application form which included his academic results, essays and references, the lad had to attend 2 day regional & national selection process that included role play, interviews and group activity that has yielded success in his favor.
He will represent South Africa at the Costa Rican College which is one of the 16 UWC colleges around the world. The UWC movement consists of more than 60 000 alumni and other members in virtually every country in the world.
It is the mission of the UWC movement to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future by delivering a challenging and transformational educational experience to a diverse cross section of pupils, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. In South Africa the work of the UWC is carried out on a volunteer basis by alumni via the UWC South African Trust, a public benefit organisation.
The academic programme for 16 to 19 year-olds at UWC is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Pupils benefit from the challenging and balanced academic qualification that of which is recognised by the world’s leading universities.
As well as studying six subject areas, pupils complete an extended essay, theory of knowledge course and a creativity, action, service component.
When asked about his achievement Reshavan said: “I am excited about this opportunity to represent South Africa and am particularly looking forward to interacting with pupils from around the world. I believe that by opening ourselves up to new experiences, we allow our minds to grow and we can expand our horizons and become more accepting of different cultures allowing us to become better global citizens and more understanding of the challenges facing humanity. I love learning and experiencing new and different cultures and learning about how other people live their lives, so this opportunity is going to be unbelievable. I am hoping that my success will encourage others to apply in future. Star College has provided me with an incredible grounding, exposing me to a demanding academic programme and for this I am most grateful.”
Reshavan has been assisting the UWC SA Trust in raising funds to cover the 50 percent portion of his fees not covered by his scholarship.
Donations received by the Trust are eligible for a S18A tax deduction. You can assist Reshavan and the UWCSA Trust by making a donation via the Back-a-Buddy online crowdfunding site (search Reshavan Naicker under Champions) or email the Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a donation form and banking details.