‘Social Infrastructures: engaging with community for change’ (SI) - has been developed via a partnership between EBE and CHED and has its roots in the Global Citizenship programme (GC). The course counts as an 18-credit Humanities Complementary Studies Elective for EBE degrees. The term 'social infrastructures’ recognizes that urban development is a sociotechnical process, giving rise to particular relationships between households and communities and between materials and technologies, shaped by the institutional and political context.
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’.
Critical Conversations: Unpacking the D-Word is a series of workshops that aim to re-centre the discourse of Decoloniality, which underpinned much of the student social movements of 2015-2017. Engaging with Decoloniality as a theoretical and political praxis, we hope to confront the enduring legacies colonialism and Apartheid and their attendant forms of social and economic inequality. Although Decoloniality has been taken up as a buzzword in some sector of the academy, in others it has been met with uneasiness, scepticism, and uncertainty as to its applicability as either theory or practice.
Critical Conversations is a series of workshops hosted by the Global Citizenship Programme (GCP) for students at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Our aim is to use this space to think critically and engage innovatively with a range of key social justice issues facing South Africa and the world today. We then hope to use the new knowledge we have collectively created to take leadership and action on these issues in our own lives, communities, and academic and professional endeavours.
One of the challenges of running a programme that seeks to provide students with opportunities to reflect critically on issues of citizenship or social justice, is that once you wrap up a course or workshop you wonder whether you achieved your objective. It is from these questions that we bring you a series of feature pieces where we interviewed UCT Global Citizenship (GC) alumni, to find out what life looks like “after GC”. It is one of our attempts at interrogating the impact we have had over the years.
Join us for an exciting opportunity to engage internationally and to share perspectives and lived experiences. The 2018-2019 Hart House Global Commons will connect students along with and a wide range of community partners and civil society actors in all locations to explore local and global questions and actions geared towards building better societies that reflect, uphold, and institutionalize the full equality of women. See poster for more details.
Cape Town has come under a lot of fire with various civic associations and organisations speaking out against gentrification of the Central Business District (CBD) and its surrounding areas. One of the major challenges posed by gentrification is the very nostalgic sense of displacement of Black, Coloured working class people from their homes and communities.
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.
The Global Citizenship Programme is pleased to announce that we have invited Dr Bettina von Lieres from the University of Toronto, Scarborough to host a participatory workshop at which we will talk about the idea of citizenship, in particular the role of power and resistance in shaping more inclusive forms of citizenship.
Date: Monday, July 16th. Time: 09h30 – 11h00. Venue: CHED Boardroom, 6th Floor, Hoerrikwaggo Building.