Students put knowledge to practice in the disability sector
Public Practices (PBP 320) students with Mr Isaac Motaung (Ikageng). With them is Lein Smuts (Employment Solutions) and the lecturer, Prof Natasja Holtzhausen.
As part of their Public Practices module, the third-year BAdmin Public Administration students were given the opportunity to make a difference in the disability sector by applying their skills t o preidentified organisations that do not receive government subsidies, lack a variety of skills and have a multitude of needs.
Outreach to nursery school in Soshanguve
In Soshanguve/Winterveldt the church community of Pastor Samuel Moshweu was visited, including a nursery school. Children between two and four years of age are cared for and taught basic literacy and numeracy skills through play by two teachers. The school is currently housed in a zinc building that doubles as a church and and Pastor Moshweu is seeking support to build a community hall that can serve a dual function. The students donated cement towards the new building as well as fruit, drawing paper and crayons for the children.
The aim of the visit was to raise awareness among the students of the needs of this community, as well as the basic and educational needs of the nursery school. The students were tasked to come up with innovative ideas to engage the community in sustainable activities in order to boost their economy.
A hand that reach out
Staff and students of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences with the blankets and clothes
that was donated by the staff and students of the Faculty to the Eleos community.
Staff members and students of the Faculty visited the Eleos Community during May to hand over blankets and clothes. Eleos, meaning "Mercy in Action”, is a registered, non-profit organisation that endeavours to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children and their families. Eleos was founded by a group of women who were touched by the poor circumstances of so many children and their families living in dire straights. A serious decision was taken to start up a charity organisation with the aim to make a difference by helping a community to help themselves. The people of this community not only struggle to obtain the bare essentials but are also burdened with enormous financial, physical, emotional and mental stresses.
Therefore, each needy person who accepts help from Eleos, is encouraged to participate in one of many developing programmes. This creates the opportunity for them to uplift themselves and become self-sufficient, responsible human beings.
The blankets and clothes that were given to the Eleos Community by the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, were donated by the staff and students of the Faculty and formed part of one of the Community Service projects of the Faculty. It really made a difference in the lives of less privileged people of the community.
The Mohau Centre
Commercii, the Faculty of Economic and Management Science’s student house, together with the staff of the Faculty reached out to the Mohau Centre for orphans. Students and staff donated stationery, food, baby accessories and clothes to the Centre and treated the kids to a party in the afternoon.
Claire Mortimer with children of the Mohau Centre.
Beyers Bytjies crèche
Students and personnel of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences arranged a day of fun and activities at the Beyers Bytjies crèche in Pretoria. The day proved to be a big success.
A Beyers Bytjie kid gets her face painted by a student of the
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.
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