At Unisa, community engagement is actively promoted through our Community Engagement and Outreach Policy which is firmly set within its vision of being the African university in the service of humanity.
The College of Graduate Studies has actively engaged with the community through many community engagement projects. These are:
The USE project aims to establish and operate a digital planetarium and multimedia exhibition program. The project will utilise digital planetarium modules to conduct science shows with astronomy as a focus while also encouraging the use of the digital planetarium and its projection system by other disciplines.
The main aim of the Integrated Community Development programme is to generate contribution to community development through the promotion of social reinvestment of skills, home-based care and economic self sufficiency.
As a collaboration between the British Council and Unisa, this project aims to improve the English skills of Unisa graduates through a self-directed software called LearnEnglish Pathways. Working with the British Council, Unisa academics from Addis Ababa test, monitor, support and teach English Language skills to Ethiopian postgraduate students.
This project is associated with a site that has been set aside on the outskirts of Mamelodi township since 2001 by the local communities for the purpose of developing the environmental, food production, medicinal and other aspects of the Indigenous Knowledge System of the local people.
A one year study on African families in the context of demographic change focusing on the post apartheid period. The study seeks to understand the meaning of family from an African perspective using case studies of families in Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal Provinces.
This project is a research based community engagement project designed to assist young untrained facilitators in mathematics and science to overcome the challenges they face in coaching learners in Grades 10-12 in Nkungumathe community, Nkandla, KZN.
This project is a research-based community engagement project designed to assist high school educators at the FET and GET bands in mathematics, science and technology to overcome the challenges they face in delivering lessons in difficult topics in the classrooms.
This project is located within the child-centred component of a larger safety, peace and health promotion programme, the Ukuphepha Initiative: Demonstrating African Safety. It is a multi-country project that seeks to explore and elicit young people’s representations of safety and peace in their communities, both in terms of risks and assets.
This five-year collaborative project with the City of Johannesburg focuses on the development of a Community and Public Safety Measure for the City of Johannesburg, along with a range of community level actions. The tool, the first of its kind in South Africa, will allow for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of saftey-related projects in the city.
This project is located within the male-centred component of a larger safety, peace and health promotion programme, the Ukuphepha Initiative: Demonstrating African Saftey. The main research question in the SCRATCHMAPS study is: How can the mobilisation and leveraging of community assets, with a particular focus on spiritual capacity and religious assets, promote saftey and peace, particularly through the promotion of generative masculinities, in a local low-income community in South Africa?
The aim of this project is to utilise child-centred community interventions to promote community cohesion and thereby reduce child injury and maltreatment among children living in low-income contexts.
A two-day international conference reflecting on 100 years of the 1913 Land Act in South Africa to be held in Ethiopia in conjunction with the 50 years celebration of the founding of the OAU/AU.
Each five-day authorship workshop seeks to: 1) capacitate participants in the writing up of community engaged research; 2) create a space for the review of manuscripts on community engaged research; 3) facilitate the submission of manuscripts to peer reviewed journals; 4) provide participants with a greater understanding of good authorship practices; and 5) provide participants with an opportunity to dialogue about authorship issues and reflect on their own experiences of authorship.
The project will take the form of published articles (10 articles) and policy briefs.
This project has three key objectives, one of which seeks to facilitate and convene an African-centred injury prevention and safety promotion group of scholars to generate critical African-centred knowledge and knowledge systems that will influence the philosophy, theory and methodology of injury prevention and safety and peace pro,oton work on the continent.
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