Janifa Bhamji received the Ted Athy Second-chance Education (Degree Studies) Award in 2020.
Janifa completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Bicultural Social Work at Te Wananga o Aotearoa, Manukau Campus. “That was the proudest moment of my life” she says, “..sticking with it, especially with all the challenges of 2020, I am excited to say I now have a Bachelor’s Degree. The award helped me financially, reducing the stress of carrying on with my studies. I bought myself a laptop, books, stationary and the funds also helped me with everyday costs for transportation and the internet”.
“It gave me a boost to know that I have been given this award to help me as a woman in my studies. Thank you for believing in me and giving my family and generations to come a role model that they will look up to and follow. This scholarship has relieved some of the financial pressures that I faced as a full-time student. Through its assistance and my success in the degree program, I can increase financial stability in the near future. I am forever grateful for this opportunity. I believe education is transforming! As they say, “You educate a woman, you educate her village”.
Congratulations to Janifa, who is now working in a management role for an NGO in the Mental Health sector and is planning to pursue post-graduate qualifications towards becoming an Alcohol and Drug Clinician.
Edward Kay Charitable Trust – Ted Athy Second-chance Education Award
The Edward Kay Charitable Trust provides a second-chance education award each year in the name of Ted Athy. The award is for Auckland applicants. Ted Athy was a builder who spent most of his working life in the Papatoetoe/Manukau area. He died in 2009 from cancer and in his will wanted some of his estate to provide for scholarships for second-chance education. He believed that education was the best way forward for our young people and was keen that these scholarships be awarded to students who had a good chance of good paid employment at the end of their studies.