This service-learning module falls under the Department of Psychology.
This module is compulsory and carries credits towards Bachelor of Psychology. In this module, 4th year Psychology students visit schools in Mhlakulo, Mbekweni and Ngangelizwe communities around Mthatha and NGOs around Mthatha (such as Umtata Child Abuse, Children in distress) to do counseling.
In this module, the abused children and learners at school are also taught about the dangers of drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and pregnancy.
This module is compulsory and carries credits towards Bachelor of Social Sciences (Political Science).
The module started with the students’ preparatory workshop on the 17 October 2012. The community site visits started on the 19 October 2012.
The implementation of this module was not smooth due to challenges with the university transportation, and the competing community events which were arranged at the same time the module was implementing. However, in spite of these challenges, the implementation went well.
Community Engagement: Faculty of Business , Management Sciences and Law
This service learning module falls under the department of Criminal and Procedural Law. This module is offered to 4th year LL.B students, and it implements in the Baziya, Mhlakulo, Mbekweni and Ngangelizwe communities around Mthatha.
The community members are taught issues of human rights, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS. The students spent 60 hours in the community. The module carries 16 credits.
This new service-learning module which forms part of the Bachelor of Nursing degree implemented for the first time in 2011.
In the academic year 2012, this year-long module started with the implementation in the first semester, and continued all year round.
During this period, the students carried out research projects within the community. The implementation went well; the students were at all times accompanied by the community representatives, and their course convenors.
The Faculty has entered into a partnership with Nyandeni Health Sub-District involving all of the salient functions of an institution of higher learning: education, research, community engagement and service delivery.
The partnership involves various activities which can be broadly described as:
the identification of challenges in the delivery of health services in the sub-district
the performance of a situational analysis
the identification of priorities for intervention and the implementation of these intervention strategies
the further development and improvement of students’ community-based learning, and then the replication of the lessons learnt in other health districts.
Community Engagement: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
The Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology, embarked on several community based initiatives such as the monitoring of water quality in various communities in the Eastern Cape.
FSET participated in the compilation of medicinal plants used by traditional healers in the management of different infections in the Eastern Cape, and scientific investigation of the impact of geophagy on human health among local communities
Crop pests of Southern Africa Service-Learning Module
This 16-credit bearing module implements in the first semester. This is a core academic module that is offered as part of the Pest Management Programme of the Department of Botany. It has been designed to assist WSU and subsistence farmers from Baziya, Mbekweni and Mhlakulo communities to:
(i) identify, combat and contain pests problems in an ecologically and environmentally sound manner so that natural processes such as interactions between pests and beneficial insects in environment are not disrupted.
(ii) improve food production by small-scale farmers through the use of efficient and effective agronomic practices amongst other novel agricultural methods, thereby alleviating starvation, malnutrition, disease and poverty.