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‘I can read’ project empowers learners AND students‘I can read’ project empowers learners AND students
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Financial Literacy Project aims to inform and empower Literacy Project aims to inform and empower
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SU facilitates creation of Lückhoff Living Museum facilitates creation of Lückhoff Living Museum2019-10-26T10:00:00Z
MGD Annual General Meeting Annual General Meeting 2019-09-26T16:30:00Z
2019 Social Impact Symposium Social Impact Symposium2019-09-06T06:30:00Z



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Latest InitiativesView all Initiatives​​​​ 214 Occupational Health and Safety​​Students carry out a health and safety assessment and write a report for a winery in conjunction with their winery partners. The report is viewed by the Oenology lecturer and is submitted to the winery partner for their information. We have been doing it since 2014, and it has proved very successful. This will be extended to include winery waste treatment in the future.1154 and Oenology Extended Internships​​​​​The Viticulture and Oenology 478 module involves a seven month internship in industry, mentored by experienced and selected winemakers and viticulturalists. Students are immersed in the workplace with industry and community partners. All staff members in the Viticulture and Oenology Department are involved to an extent with our partners in industry.1156 244 (Service Learning): The Wine Trade​​Oenology 214 Service-Learning Module: The Wine Trade. This module explores how Service Learning, as a transformative pedagogy, is applied in a science-based curriculum to enhance student learning and critical citizenship. Students in Oenology undergo a month long service placement in tasting rooms and wine estates in the Cape Winelands. Here they interact with staff, clients and workers from the wine industry, learning about products, consumers and trade aspects. Societal partners (tasting room managers, other workers and winemakers), chosen on the basis of their ability to engage the students in learning, and the feedback and success of previous placements, help to shape the student’s view of themselves and their place in the broader context of the South African industry.​1153 Youth Development Academy (June to November- Course 1)This is the sixth course run by the Department of Viticulture and Oenology in support of our PYDA community partner. This course consists of two modules over the initial six months of the PYDA new intake of students, and consists of training in chemistry and laboratory techniques, some sensory evaluation, wine marketing and legislation.​ The course has expanded to include 50 students from an initial 25, and has been shown to have impact not only in the graduates lives, but in those of their families and communities.1155 AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT OF UNEMPLOYED YOUTH IN THE SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY DISTRICT​ YOUTH AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT OF UNEMPLOYED YOUTH IN THE SALDANHA BAY MUNICIPALITY DISTRICT   Prof L.P.T. Heinecken (Project leader) BACKGROUND The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology subscribes to the mission statement of Stellenbosch University, which emphasizes that its teaching and research must be to the advantage of the broader community, as well as the institution itself. In line with this orientation, staff and students of the Department are institutionally involved in different aspects of community interaction and social impact initiatives. This takes place through teaching and learning, research and by practising engaged scholarship. To illustrate this, in January 2018 and invitation was received from the Department of Social Development (DSD) Saldanha Bay to become involved in the WOSA (Whole of society Approach) project that focuses on the youth. One of the issues in the WOSA framework is youth employment and skills development. With Saldanha earmarked an Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) by the National Department of Trade and Industry, this is an important project given the high level of youth unemployment in the area. Prof Lindy Heinecken obtained Stellenbosch University Social Impact funding to conduct a skills and talent audit among the youth in the Saldanha Bay Municipal (SBM) district. Accordingly, this social impact project set to out to establish the different skills sets and talents among the youth, their entrepreneurial capacity, career/work interests and education, training and development needs. The ultimate aim is to link the youth with various organisations/ role players (IDZ training centre, West Coast College, etc.) in order to develop professional skills programmes tailored to the profile of the youth, their interests and the needs of the business sector. In terms of Stellenbosch University, the aim of this social impact grant is to provide students from the Department an in-service learning opportunity to conduct fieldwork, process and analyse the data collected. The study area was Diazville, Saldanha. The Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology Honours students conducted a survey within the community from 27-31 May 2019 with the assistance from the Department of Social Development (DSD) and Saldanha Bay Municipality. There is reciprocal benefit in terms of these relationships. They partners benefit from the research findings in terms of developing their action plans and interventions and the students/staff with respect to their learning, research and publications. The community gains by imparting skills through the fieldwork training. For this project, the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology trained unemployed youth with grade 12 from the community as fieldworkers who conducted the survey with the university students. They receive a Certified Fieldwork Certificate after the five day training and four day fieldwork. Past experience has shown that community fieldworkers are often employed by the local municipalities and other organisations as a result of this intervention. The DSD has already indicated that they often require trained fieldworkers to conduct surveys within the community. Based on this social impact project, Prof Lindy Heinecken was invited to apply for funding for youth development as part of the Youth Employment Service (YES) project, which aim to address youth unemployment. The YES is a joint project led by ABSA bank and Catalyx, to provide opportunities for unemployed youth to gain skills in the workplace. Prof Heinecken was awarded a R1 050 000 grant to support an internship programme for 25 youth between the ages of 18 and 28yrs. The youth will be paid R3500 per month for 12 months and placed in host businesses, mainly Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as interns to gain work experience and undergo skills development by Catalyx to enhance their future employability. This project is led by a Sociology Masters student Ms Ingrid Wertheim-Aymes, together with the Department of Social Development. This project falls squarely within one of Stellenbosch University's key social impact focus areas - Employment and Inclusive Economic Development - by addressing issues of poverty, decent work and economic growth. ​ ​1204 Studio: Educating high school learners who reside in Stellenbosch and its environs in art processes and basic jewellery manufacturing and design​Approximately twelve interested high school learners from the local schools in Stellenbosch and its environs will be identified and given the opportunity to participate in three separate workshops in jewellery manufacturing. The workshops will take place in 2018 during the school holidays (April, June, September). During these workshops, the learners will be introduced to basic skills in jewellery manufacturing and design. Each of these workshops will be three days long and will be presented by a full-time lecturer in the Jewellery Division of Stellenbosch University as well as a student assistant. All the necessary tools and materials will be supplied to the pupils. If necessary, arrangements will be made to transport learners from their schools to the University, where the workshop will take place. Learners will also be provided with the opportunity to showcase their work as part of the Stellenbosch Heritage Festival.​1187

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