Students exchange ideas on tour

2019-07-18 06:00
Locals and students from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) inside Hostel 33 in Lwandle on Saturday 13 July.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Locals and students from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) inside Hostel 33 in Lwandle on Saturday 13 July.PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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A number of issues were raised during the discussion on the topic of enabling education to create employment and entrepreneurship.

Local youth were joined by their international counterparts from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) at Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum on Saturday 13 July.

The day started with a tour around the museum to give visitors the brief history of the area and Hostel 33, which is now a heritage site.

After the tour the visitors enjoyed some lunch before the discussion on developing an education system that is effective in building the youth’s capacity and eligibility for employment and entrepreneurship.

The discussion raised issues of a need to decolonise the education system and enable education that will teach students to be innovative while in the lower grades.

“The education system that we have been fed, made us to operate more like robots. It did not give us options to think, but is more geared on finding an answer in a certain way,” said one local participant.

Both sides of the house also seemed to agree that self development was also paramount if one need to go far and achieve things in life.

“We also need an integrated education system where children that study in townships are at the same level as those that study outside. We need to try and be on par, so we don’t have shortcomings as compared to others while we study in one country,” he said.

Alucia Ludidi, student life community engagement coordinator from CIEE said they were responsible in setting up different partnerships with different universities to send their students to different locations.

Ludidi said the students come from various programmes which include open campus programmes that last between three, six and 12 weeks; community development, social justice development and many programmes that attend to their student’s needs.

She told City Vision their students were interested to come and learn about SA.

“Lwandle is one of the very few communities that has a museum. And it is a different way of engaging with the community,” she explained why they had chosen to visit the area. Ludidi said they found this way far better in terms of tourism than having to visit people’s homes which she believes was becoming “insensitive”.

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