Youth Month Special ✨ Celebrating NWU Student Leader Precious Zamisa🌟

Youth Month Special ✨ Celebrating NWU Student Leader Precious Zamisa🌟

The theme for Youth Month 2023 is: “Accelerating collaborations and opportunities to improve the lives of the youth.

At the North-West University (NWU) our students have boundless opportunities to explore beyond what is expected of them. This gives them the chance to become the leaders their community needs and the leadership skills they develop helps them soar beyond their academic journey!

Join us in celebrating Youth Month by recognising the student leaders who are shaping the future of our university and the world.

“I wanted to make a positive impact on campus,” says Precious Zamisa, Treasurer of the Faculty of Humanities on the Vanderbijlpark Campus, about becoming an NWU student leader. “To represent my fellow peers, acquire leadership skills, advocate for student concerns, and help them gain valuable experience for their future careers.”

This position at the North-West University gives Precious the opportunity to address various issues that matter most to young people, such as access to quality education, mental health support, campus safety, social justice, diversity and inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

With role models such as Nelson Mandela, Thuli Madonsela, Greta Thunberg, and Malala Yousafzai, it’s no surprise that she wants to influence policies, organize events and initiatives, and collaborate with academic and administrative staff to create a positive and supportive environment for students. “It is important to find a role model who resonates with one’s values and aspirations and to learn from their experiences and wisdom.”

Precious believes the youth play a crucial role in shaping the future of South Africa. “They comprise a significant portion of the population and will inherit the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. They have the power to effect change by engaging in civic activities, voicing their opinions, being informed and proactive citizens, and contributing to the development of the country.”

She advises fellow #NWUEagles who are interested in becoming student leaders to be passionate about the issues they want to tackle, have a clear vision and plan of action, be open-minded and respectful towards different perspectives. “Collaborate with others, communicate effectively, and prioritize the needs and interests of your constituents.”

The biggest lesson she’s learned as a student leader is to be adaptable and resilient in the face of challenges and setbacks. “You might encounter opposition, bureaucracy, or unforeseen

circumstances, but you should not give up on your goals and beliefs. You should also learn from your mistakes and feedback, seek mentorship, and support, and continuously improve your skills and knowledge.”

Happy Youth Month, #NWUEagles!


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