Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Radiography students reach out to needy communities

GIVING BACK: The third-year Radiography students poses with their lecturer, Saaiga Ismail (far left holding the yellow poster), displaying posters which depict activities done during  their community outreach projects.

“To develop and sustain an empowering environment where, through teaching, learning and scholarship students and staff, in partnership with the community and industry, are able to create and apply knowledge that contributes to development.”

This is the motto CPUT prides itself in, and a group of third-year Radiography students recently did well to uphold this noble vision.

Several safe houses in and around Cape Town now boast a cleaner and more efficient working environment thanks to a group of 42 third-year Radiography students who recently visited the various organisations during a community outreach project, as part of their civic engagement responsibilities.

Radiography lecturer, Saaiga Ismail, said the project formed part of the students’ syllabus for the subject, Radiography Management.

She said the aim of the assignment was for the students to learn planning skills, team work and through exposure to the plight of others, realise how many people were in desperate need of assistance.

“Every year the project becomes more satisfactory. It’s a wonderful initiative form CPUT and enables the students to be exposed to the different side of the patients they come into contact with daily. One can already see the growth and maturity in the work they produce.”

Saaiga explained that students were divided into seven groups and were all required to choose an organisation within Cape Town. The task was to identify areas where they could lend a helping hand, either through doing refurbishments, giving donations or conducting workshops.

However for students, Qaanita Isaacs and Lindi de Vos, this project meant more than just scoring good marks for their report. They spent three weeks uplifting children at the Masiphumelele Educare in Fishhoek in the process.

“At first we didn’t understand how the project was relevant to our course, but after being exposed to their living conditions, we forgot about our problems and concentrated on theirs. It was a humbling experience and definitely felt good to give back,” they said.

Another pair that enjoyed giving back to the community were Chulumanco Majola and Tahnee Stoffels, who donated books, clothes, perishables and stationary to the Solomon’s Haven in Mitchells Plain. They also painted the floors and designed new information boards for the premises.

“It was an eye-opening experience and made us more appreciative of what we have. Working with these abandoned children also made us more passionate about our work as radiographers.”

By: Sonia Koopman

Written by CPUT News

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