The Forum, a workshops and seminars Initiative, screened Sarafina! an iconic South African film that centres on students involved in the Soweto Uprising of 1976. We showcased this film as a means of sparking debate around South African youths’ socio-political engagement during Apartheid, and especially how this relates to more recent protest movements such as RhodesMustFall and FeesMustFall.
The Forum, a workshops and seminars initiative, hosted Kanyisa Ntombini a 23-year old Engineering student and disability activist from the Eastern Cape. As an ardent social justice activist here at the University of Cape Town (UCT), she held a seminar titled Social Justice Activism and Self-Care.
Orange the World Youth Summit - which formed part of 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children- took place 10 December 2016. The GC Team formed a critical component of the project team
In line with the Global Citizenship Programme’s aim of connecting with more student-run organizations, we were invited to co-facilitate a networking event with Ubunye, a student development agency here at the University of Cape Town (UCT), connecting with individuals from to address topics relevant to their specific organisations.
Social Infrastructures, a course convened by the Global Citizenship Programme and based in the EBE faculty, has won the 2016 UCT Collaborative Education Practice Award. The award is given to educational projects which utilise interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative pedagogy, while drawing on relevant literature, shows responsiveness to monitoring and evaluation, and provides a strong developmental opportunity for students.
From Monday to Wednesday, 23 - 25 May, the GC Programme hosted a clothes-drive for the benefit of U-Turn, a non-profit organisation working with homeless people in Cape Town. The clothes-drive was organised by GC2 student Rowyn Naidoo as a GC-Act initiative.To end off the clothes-drive, Rowyn chaired a discussion on homelessness with Dylan Marais from U-Turn and researcher and policy analyst Tristan Görgens.
In support of Freedom Day and Freedom Week 2016, the Global Citizenship Programme hosted a screening and discussion of the documentary Dear Mandela (2012), which followed members of the Abahlali baseMjondolo within the context of the 2007 KZN Slums Act.
On the 20th April, the UCT Global Citizenship Programme joined up with MAKTUB, a linguistic platform used to teach the Arabic language in non-Arabic environments, as well as A Common Word Among the Youth and the United Religions Initiative, in hosting ‘The Gathering’.
Dr Janice McMillan, GC Programme Director, writes and reflects for Talloires Network Connects on linking teaching to broader social change, and showing humility, integrity and transparency in her work as an educator committed to social change.
To kick of the year, the GC Programme hosted our Ignition Event on Wednesday, 24 February. This was the launch event for the GC Programme in 2016 and in particular the first semester course Service, Citizenship and Social Justice (GC2).
Dr. Janice McMillan, GC Programme Director, writes and reflects for Talloires Network Connects on values, ethics and 're-looking service learning', as well as understanding the link between higher education and the world of work, and of voice from the global South.
Dr Janice McMillan, Director of the Programme, write for University World News on the need for universities to actively develop students as active, critical, and civic-minded graduates. This, she says, can be achieved by universities rethinking learning and teaching practices.