Anti-discrimination week celebrated at Faculty of Education

Posted on September 17, 2018

The Dean Prof Chika Sehoole opened the anti-discrimination week with informative facts highlighting that in one way or the other we all connect to the topic and went on further to share his personal encounters on discrimination. The anti-discrimination week activities were well attended by both staff and students with the active participation of student societies as they engaged in lively dialogue and debates with lecturers about the various subjects they presented about to get the view of what issues affect and influence the behaviour of students towards the institution.

"Curriculum transformation does not mean ticking and crossing the boxes, however it means putting oneself into the shoes of the students on is teaching" said Prof Saloshna Vandeyar from the Department of Humanities Education, presenting why decolonization of the University curriculum will fail. She gave a provocative presentation where she proposed that academics should use the pedagogy of compassion to decolonise the curriculum successfully. On the second day Prof Salome Human-Vogel, Deputy Dean, enlightened everyone with her presentation about curriculum transformation and anti-discrimination agenda in Higher Education institutions

Dr Raita Steyn from the Department of Humanities, gave her presentation a fun spin in a very interesting moment when students and everyone in attendance had to wear goggles which we manipulated in a way that they gave whoever was wearing them an idea of how it felt like to be visually impaired, as she raised awareness of people with disabilities.

Dr Yolandi Woest from the Department of Humanities lead the fun filled programme on the third day and the LGBT community made a lasting mark with their awesome performances as they raised gender awareness matters. Prof Deidre Byrne, Head Institute for Gender Studies at UNISA gave informative lecture on homophobia and transphobia as forms of structural violence. Her presentation raised awareness about the discrimination against people with different sexualities and sexual orientation.

The last day of the anti-discrimination week was livened by the presence of Mr LeRoy Gopal who was directing the programme and shared his personal experiences on discrimination in the acting industry. "I find it my responsibility to ensure that you leave this institution with a degree and your dignity intact. We want everyone to study in an environment that encourages learning, without prejudice and I hope this week worked for you" said Dr Rakgadi Phatlane Transformation and Monitoring Manager as she gave a synopsis and summary of the second Anti-discrimination Week

Published by Thabo Masenamela

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