St Nicholas pupils ‘uncover’ Jika Joe

2016-02-17 06:00
PHOTO: supplied St Nicholas Diocesan School Grade 12 geography pupils talk about various factors affecting the Jika Joe informal settlement.

PHOTO: supplied St Nicholas Diocesan School Grade 12 geography pupils talk about various factors affecting the Jika Joe informal settlement.

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THE socioeconomic fabric of the Jika Joe informal settlement has become an integral part of the St Nicholas Diocesan School Grade 12 geography curriculum as pupils research the foundations and changing aspect of life in the settlement.

The project is headed by St Nicholas Diocesan School geography­ teacher, Daniel Bailey­.

He said the research in ongoing and once completed, will give a complete picture of the social, economic and political factors behind Jika Joe.

This information will make interesting reading for the Msunduzi Municipality and interested individuals he said.

“Our Grade 12 pupils are conducting research into the various factors affecting this settlement. The research will be used for development and advocacy purposes. We chose Jika Joe because it brings about sensitive issues, plus, is close to the school,” said Bailey.

He said there are various research topics attached to Jika Joe.

“We are trying to do something different and positive for the community. Since pupils tackle different subjects, research is ongoing and will be completed in years to come. The research findings will give a complete picture of the settlement. Topics of interest range from issues of service delivery which include water, electricity and garbage collection, while others look at the social aspect of the phenomena, like the family situation, child-headed households or a historical take on people living in that area,” said Bailey.

He said St Nicholas is running the research project as a learning exercise for pupils.

“When the pupils go to tertiary institutions they will have a better idea on how to conduct primary, secondary and tertiary research.

“That is an important skill,” added Bailey.

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