Bloemshelter-UFS Partnership

Programme description

Bloemshelter is a non-profit organisation (NPO) providing shelter to the homeless, catering for women, women with children, the elderly, men, and vulnerable persons. A long-term community-university partnership has been established in 2009. Over the years, students and academics from the following faculties were involved:

  1. Faculty of Health Sciences service-learning modules, including:
    a.    Medical Health and Diseases in Populations;
    b.    Undergraduate and Postgraduate Practical Nursing Education;
    c.     Clinical Occupational Therapy; and
    d.    Clinical Physiotherapy.
  2. Faculty of the Humanities service-learning modules, including:
    a.    Social Work and Political Governance.

Such engagement enables students to:

  1. grow professionally by learning more about the profession through practical experience;
  2. grow personally and develop their social responsiveness; and
  3. contribute to the achievement of community development goals.

This partnership provides a reciprocal collaborative learning and engagement platform for diverse faculties at the UFS.

Programme content

Bloemshelter involves:

  • community service-learning;
  • participatory action learning action research projects;
  • social enterprises; and
  • an annual action-orientated engaged learning festival for the past seven years.
community-university partnership

A long-term community-university partnership has been established in 2009.

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