Multilingual Mokete

In keeping with our university’s multi-campus model, this year’s Multilingual Mokete has the theme Come Breathe  What makes this year’s festival special is the fact that it is being given a uniquely South Campus flavour. The festival also showcases artists and bright minds from our three campuses. This is a testimony to the UFS’s commitment to investing in local communities.

The Kovsies Multilingual Mokete (festival) is an initiative of the University of the Free State (UFS) to promote multilingualism.

The Mokete includes and celebrates different cultural expressions – in visual art, poetry, storytelling, drama, music, and song – by different language groups and in the different languages that are dominant at the UFS (i.e. English, Afrikaans, Sesotho, isiZulu, and Sign Language). Students and staff from various faculties and departments on our three campuses participate in showcasing the multicultural strengths of Kovsies.

The mokete is furthermore presented in support of the Integrated Transformation Plan (ITP) work streams on Teaching and Learning, Student and Staff Experience, and the Multi-Campus Model.

This initiative of multilingualism is part of the university’s language policy, which promotes a sense of belonging and acceptance among people.

The ultimate goal is to use the multilingual initiatives to prepare our students for the multilingual and multicultural world, but also to stay connected to our own heritage and background.

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