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18 April 2019 | Story Rulanzen Martin

The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice IRSJ) has initiated a Social Justice Week at the University of the Free State (UFS), which started on Friday 12 April  until Wednesday 17 April 2019. 

Ten key events took place during the week. It ranged from dialogues, workshops, talk shows, debates, and interactive displays and events on issues of multilingualism and diversity, social innovation, engaged scholarship, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, gender sensitisation, sexual consent, sexual preparedness, universal access, disability, anti-discrimination, and security.

There was also a round-table discussion on 17 April 2019 with various UFS stakeholders on off-campus student security as well as an inter-institutional discussion on the same topic. The UFS Debating Society will take on the topic of the UFS Language Policy, while Olga Barends from the Free State Centre for Human Rights will host a dialogue on sexual consent.

The IRSJ has also designed and implemented SOJO-VATION: Social Innovation/ Social Change, which strives to create a foundational platform where ideas of social justice, innovation, and engaged scholarship at the UFS and in society can be hosted. SOJO-VATION partners with the Office for Student Leadership, Development, and Community Engagement.

The collaborating partners for the Social Justice Week includes various UFS stakeholders such as the Sasol library, the Gender and Sexual Equity Office, UFS Protection Services, the Free State Centre for Human Rights, the Student Representative Council (SRC), the Office for Student Leadership Development, Kovsie Innovation, GALA, the FFree State Centre for Human Rights, SRC Associations, the Office for Student Governance, Kovsie Innovate, Start-Up-Grind, EVC, EBL, Community Engagement, the Institutional Transformation Plan (ITP) Dialogues Office, Residence Dialogues, UFS Debating Society, Debate Afrika!, the Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS), and the Gateway Office. 

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Minquiz competition presented at the UFS
2009-05-20

 
The Minquiz Regional Competition, sponsored by Mintek and the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS), was presented for the fifteenth time on the Main Campus last week. The aim of the competition is to stimulate Grade 12 learners’ interest in science, technology, engineering and specifically the disciplines Chemistry, Physics, Geology and Mineral technology. The competition comprises a written and oral examination, which is divided into categories, namely gold and platinum. Historically previously disadvantaged schools participated in the gold category, whilst schools that were previously categorised as Model C and private schools, as well as previous gold-category winners participated in the platinum category. The winning school in the oral quiz of the gold category was Le Reng Secondary School at Ladybrand and in the platinum category the Secondary School Sentraal came up trumps. The individual winner in the gold category of the written test was Madimatle Molatseli from Re Reng Secondary School and the platinum category was won by Oscar Nouwens from Harriston Secondary School in Bethlehem. The Free State team for the national quiz also includes Lindiwe Sondach (Commtech Comprehensive, Kagisanong), Nkobo Thabang (Lephola Secondary School, Welkom), Moorosi Motake (Leseding Technical High, Welkom) and Dawie Lotz (Sand du Plessis Secondary School, Bloemfontein). These winners will participate in the national competition presented by Mintek in Johannesburg from 23-24 July 2009. At one of the demonstrations presented by the Department of Chemistry were, from the left: Blener Buitendach, Ph.D. student in Chemistry at the UFS, Tshepo Khomoatsana from HTS Louis Botha in Bloemfontein and Goodwill Nogwanya, also from HTS Louis Botha.
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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