This year 1817 students are enrolled in the Community-based project Module (JCP), the compulsory undergraduate moudle of the Faculty Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology. One of our biggest challenges will be to showcase what we are doing with the Talloires Network’s University Education for Transformative Leadership in Africa (UETLA) Faculty Support Grant. The Talloires Network is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. The Network has grown to over 350 members in 77 countries with a combined enrolment of over 6 million students.
The grant will be used for projects at Stanza Bopape Community Centre in Mamelodi. During the March recess a group of students installed an irrigation system for the community garden and two groups of students trained 55 community members in basic computer skills. The rest of their year there will be a number of skills courses and computer training courses at the centre. During July the students will continue with the irrigation system. On a monthly basis the lecturer responsible for the module reports back on the development of the projects on the Talloires network grant blog (http://tnconnects.net/).