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Wednesday, 25 October 2006

Celebrating ABET students and partnerships

The Education Department recently acknowledged 3rd year Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) students who completed their Service Learning.

A certificate ceremony was held where various community partners that students were placed with, were given an opportunity to present feedback about working with CPUT students.

The event was aimed at celebrating the outstanding achievement of students as well as the synergy of working together with partners like the Department of Education, the Service Learning Unit and the City of Cape Town. The event also acted as a forum to reflect upon the role of Adult Basic Education and Training, Service Learning as well as the role of universities in promoting education.

Service Learning requires students to participate in an organised service that responds to a specified community need. It offers them the opportunity to work with the community while being mentored by experienced educators in the workplace.

“Service Learning uses various departments at CPUT to deliver service. ABET is one of these programmes. It is important because over 40% of adults in South Africa are illiterate,” says Dr Joyce Nduna, Head of Community Engagement and Service Learning.

Mr Rodney Pick of the City of Cape Town said, “We look forward to expanding ABET. Efforts of the City of Cape Town are pursued within the wider context of the economy as we live in a knowledge- based society. We are proud of our relationship with this institution.”

A third year ABET student said, “I didn’t only go to teach, but also to learn. We as CPUT students, are ambassadors in the community and if we don’t become teachers, who will teach? ABET gives us the opportunity to gain information and skills and to contribute selflessly for success of the ABET project.”

CAPTION: (from left) Ms Nazlene Julius (Project Manager for ABET at the Western Cape Education Department), Dr Joyce Nduna (Head of Community Engagement and Service Learning), Mr Faiz Marlie (Head of the Education Department), Mr Rodney Pick (Head of Training and Development at the City of Cape Town), Ms Gadija Solomons (ABET Projects Assistant), Ms Barbara Manona (ABET Projects Co-ordinator) and Mr Mzwandile Gagu (Manager of Human Capital Development at the City of Cape Town).

Written by CPUT News