The Midlands Entrepreneurship Centre and Student Desk officially launched its Game Changers programme for students living with disabilities, themed: There is an Ability in every DisAbility. The launch was held at the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Indumiso Campus: Innovation Hub, recently. The purpose of the programme is to expose students living with disabilities to entrepreneurship and encourage them to expose themselves to other programmes that can contribute to their growth.
Midlands Campus Director, Dr Joseph Molete spoke on the programme, highlighting that students who live with disabilities should not underestimate themselves, be open to opportunities and the university will support them.
“The university really cares about disabled students and we also have set aside funds to support them. We will be fast-tracking our activities to ensure that the infrastructure is fitting for their needs. The idea is to ensure that institution is adaptable to the needs of students living with disabilities,” said Dr Molete.
The DUT Midlands Entrepreneurship Centre and Student Desk Centre Manager, Nontokozo Ngcobo said, the Centre saw a gap and inequality among students and challenges that students living with disabilities faced within the institution, leading to the launch of the Game Changers programme. “It is important that we provide extra support to people with disabilities. This programme will empower, advance and expose them to entrepreneurial opportunities. We hope to see many businesses coming to life, especially from this group. This particular programme will focus on students living with disabilities,” she said.
Andile Ntuli from the Midlands Entrepreneurship Centre, who leads the Game Changers programme and lives with a disability, encouraged students to participate in the various programmes and to also utilise the Centre to their best advantage.
Pictured: DUT students, along with Dr Joseph Molete and Nontokozo Ngcobo, at the launch of the Game Changers programme for students living with disabilities.