A bursary scheme worth R9.74 million has been launched to support and assist post-graduate students within the sport, recreation and fitness field study towards their PhD’s or Master’s Degrees.
The scheme is an initiative of the Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) along with the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA). The bursary is going to be provided to 30 post-graduate students each year for the upcoming 3 years. Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation, Gert Oosthuizen, explained that the programme would comprise of 10 PhD and 20 Masters Studies.
He stated the fact that the selection of this level of study was in fact motivated by a situational analysis conducted by SRSA in September 2012 to establish the total number of registered Masters and Doctoral candidates currently at universities which offer sport as a learning area in 12 out of 17 universities. The research established that there are just 267 post-graduate students in sports related studies at these 12 universities.
The programme objective is to address the anomaly of skills shortages, inadequately qualified individuals, and unemployed graduate students in the sport and recreation sector. “The post-graduate development programme will assist our sport system to close existing gaps in information and research which can in turn empower our system to address skills development and contribute towards employment creation,” he was quoted saying.
The department is going to inform reputable higher education institutions in South Africa that provide sport, recreation and fitness as a field of study, in order to identify potential students who are eligible for this bursary.
In order to be eligible for this program, both participant and institution of higher learning associated with this programme will need to fulfill specific requirements which are going to be drawn up by a joint steering committee from SRSA and CATHSSETA.
Types of subject areas that might be taken into consideration include things like:
the impact of sport on social cohesion;
the impact of sport on the improvement of the overall academic performance of learners;
the correlation between winning athletes and a sustainable school sport programme;
the position and role of women in sport and recreation.
“This programme will assist SRSA and the government … in confronting the challenges of education, skills shortages, research and development as well as the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” said Oosthuizen.
The sport research programme is made up of three key pillars, namely
1. Applied Research programme (centering on knowledge generation and will be carried out in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology along with its agencies including the National Research Foundation in lieu of long term policy development);
2. Action Research programme (concentrating on researching contemporary matters having an effect on sport in lieu of providing solutions and evaluating the current policies and programmes of sport);
3. Post-Graduate Development Programme (PDP).
The effort to assist post-graduate students in the sport sector is the third pillar of the sports research programme of SRSA and is also in line with the National Sport and Recreation Plan (NSRP) that draws attentions to the significance and value of education and training when it comes to the sports sector. The goal is to enhance the current sector landscape which is characterized by skill shortages, inadequately qualified individuals, and unemployed graduates.
For more information, contact SRSA – Justin de Allende (0826992253) or CATHSSETA Leku Nkabinde (0722171610)
Source: SAnews.gov.za, srsa.gov.za