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Education legend donates to the University of Pretoria


Posted on 20 January 2011

From left to right:  Mrs Cecile de Kock (relative of Miss Steijn), Prof Cheryl de la Rey (Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Pretoria) Miss Marna Jordaan (Head of Afrikaanse Hor Meisieskool Pretoria) and Mrs Marlese Nel (relative of Miss Steijn). Seated: Mrs Desire Joubert (relative of Miss Steijn),
From left to right: Mrs Cecile de Kock (relative of Miss Steijn), Prof Cheryl de la Rey (Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Pretoria) Miss Marna Jordaan (Head of Afrikaanse Hor Meisieskool Pretoria) and Mrs Marlese Nel (relative of Miss Steijn). Seated: Mrs Desire Joubert (relative of Miss Steijn),

The celebrated alumnus, Ms Elizabeth Steijn, has bequeathed R7 m to the University of Pretoria to be used for the awarding of bursaries to students who are financially needy or academically deserving, as well as to support the Centre for Contextual Ministry. The Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, met with the relatives of Ms Steijn on 19 January 2011 to acknowledge the donation.

Elizabeth Steijn, who passed away in January 2010, is well known as the legendary principal of the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool in Pretoria from1945 to 1962.  On 26 June 2008 she celebrated her 100th birthday and was presented with the prestigious Laureate Award from the University in the same year.

During the function, Prof De la Rey convayed the University’s appreciation for the endowment made by Ms Steijn and also acknowledged the relationship the University of Pretoria has with the Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool. Prof De la Rey hailed Ms Steijn as a woman who chose to lead and make a significant contribution to education in South Africa. She described her as “a person who had a sense of vision about the future, who ensured that the fundamental value of education continues long after her death”.

The first bursaries will be awarded in 2012.



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