Students put knowledge to practice in disability sector

Third-year BAdmin Public Administration students were given the opportunity to make a difference in the disability sector by applying their skills to pre-identified organisations which do not receive government subsidies, lack a variety of skills and have a multitude of needs, as part of their Public Practices module.

Prof Natasja Holtzhausen, lecturer in the School of Public Management and Administration, changed the Public Practices module (PBP 320) from a work-integrated learning module to a fully-fledged service/community-based learning module. Students are given the opportunity to run a project that includes the identification of needs, and then to satisfy these needs according to their capabilities – acquired over the three years of study.

Students had to provide a project plan, host a workshop, create a YouTube video showcasing the various projects, develop a portfolio, write a self-reflection journal and finally present the completed projects. The organisations have gained a vast number of skills ranging from organisational and financial skills to project management skills. A number of UP staff members are enrolled for this degree.

Public Practices (PBP 320) students with Mr Isaac Motaung (Ikageng). With them is Lein Smuts (Employment Solutions) and the lecturer, Prof Natasja Holtzhausen

PBP 320 students facilitating a workshop on organising for the benefit of Re Ka Kgona

The students and their beneficiaries from Re Ka Kgona

Students with beneficiaries from OSHAD

PBP 320 students with Ms Alice Lekalakana from Oa Kgona

PBP 320 students after the completion of their workshop on financial management at TECD

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