Thato Sikwane, popularly known as DJ Fresh, in association with Boston City Campus, has a scholarship programme which gives bursaries to deserving students who cannot afford tertiary education. The Botswana-born disc jockey and mix master started his road to fame on radio at YFM where he hosted the breakfast show for eight years and later moved to 5FM.
702 presenter Sam Cowen spoke to DJ Fresh about his investment in education. Fresh says he is a great believer of education and that no one is too old to learn.
For me it all started when I started working for YFM back in 1997 and every afternoon I'd go and do my radio show. There will always be a kid with good matric results who’d go 'listen I’ve got brilliant matric results but I can’t further my education, I can’t afford it or I live with my grandmother she is a pensioner she can’t afford it'. That's when I decided that I know people who know other people who might be able to assist me to get some of these kids into classrooms and that’s how I started doing the work that I do getting kids beyond matric and I think we put over a thousand kids through varsity to get a degree or diploma certificate and basic computing. I think we’ve had about eight or nine domestic workers and all they wanted was a basic computing course and we facilitated that. I think you are never too old to learn
Fresh also told Sam that he is troubled by the fact that kids are not taught as unique individuals. He says children should be taught in the best way that they are able to learn.
He also singled out the issue of language, the fact that children need to learn English as well as mathematics, as a big disadvantage to the majority of students.
Some of the students who are awarded the scholarships drop out because of challenges like transport, clothing and food.
Listen to a full conversation between DJ Fresh and Sam Cowen