The community based programs of the Global Education Centre of Stellenbosch University encourage students to engage with different communities in the greater Stellenbosch area. This allows students to broaden their understanding of contemporary South African issues.
The focus is on educational initiatives that support the work of schools and other organisations with whom the office has strong relationships. Key programs include:
Global Service Learning (GSL) which is a for-credit experiential learning programme presented in collaboration with Ikaya Primary School in Kayamandi. It comprises extensive coursework and site visits working in Early Childhood Development.
The community engagement programs which are designed to allow for a deepened engagement with various communities in Stellenbosch without being academic credit bearing. Site placements typically focus on Early Childhood Development and Maths teaching support.
The volunteering program provides a space for students who would like to learn more about Stellenbosch and some of the challenges facing the town and region, but do not have the time for a more guided experience or who would like to explore volunteering for the first time. This program is run in collaboration with Vlottenburg Primary School and focuses on sports, crafts, and the arts.
In addition the community engagement office facilitates connections to Maties Community Service and suggestions regarding other community engagement organisations in Stellenbosch.
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