Lecturer and TUT's youngest PhD holder aims to educate the needy

Lecturer and TUT's youngest PhD holder aims to educate the needy

- Dr John Molepo is the Tshwane University of Technology's youngest public affairs PhD graduate

- The activist and lecturer has been working hard to raise funds for underprivileged students

- This year, Molepo's initiative has helped educate more than 200 black students

On Wednesday, John Molepo became the youngest person at 29 to graduate with a doctorate degree in public affairs from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

Molepo said that the achievement proved to other young people living in townships that anything is possible.

He said - “It says a lot for other black youth and young people from our townships - anything is possible.”
Lecturer and TUT's youngest PhD holder aims to educate the needy

Lecturer and TUT's youngest PhD holder aims to educate the needy
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The doctorate graduate admitted that it was emotionally straining to juggle academics and work. However, his friends and family acted as his support system and it gave him to strength to push through.

“I want this to serve as an inspiration and fuel to young people facing difficulty of any kind that it is possible, especially those we collect fees for," he said.

The 29-year-old started raising money for underprivileged people looking to further their studies in 2017.

Legit.ng gathered that this year alone, Molepo's initiative helped 200 black children study. He has now set his sights on another PhD degree, for which he applied at the Unisa.

Molepo also dreams of constructing libraries throughout Soshanguve.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a professor of public international law, Dapo Akande, was honoured with a portrait at St. Peter’s College in Oxford University, United Kingdom.

The honour made him the first black professor to be bestowed such a privilege in the college. Akande is Yamani fellow at St Peter's College and co-director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict (ELAC). He has spent most of his adult life as an educator. He started as a part-time lecturer at London School of Economics and then at Christ's College and Wolfson College, Cambridge from 1994 to 1998.

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