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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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School of Nursing takes the lead in skills development in South Africa


Professional nurses gained hands-on experience in Stoma-Care Nursing at a five-day short-learning programme at the UFS School of Nursing.
Photo: René-Jean van der Berg

22 May 2012

The School of Nursing presented the first Stoma Care Nursing short learning programme on the Bloemfontein Campus this week.

Mrs Diane Keegan, Assistant Director for Short Learning Programmes at the UFS School of Nursing, said this was the only programme of its type for professional nurses in South Africa.

“Stoma-care nursing is a sought-after skill in the health sector these days. There are very few professional stoma-care nurses in South Africa and not many new nurses get to learn these skills. This programme aims to fill skills shortages,” said Mrs. Keegan.
Stoma care refers to the care rendered by a professionally trained medical practitioner to a patient who has undergone an ostomy.
About 23 professional nurses from around the country attended the credit-bearing programme at the UFS.

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