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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 involved with international project
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Prof. George Ellison from the University of London in the United Kingdom (UK) and Mr Marcel Kroth, a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), visited the School of Nursing at the University of the Free State (UFS). Prof. Ellison is the principal researcher and Mr Kroth is the South African based co-ordinator of a project focusing on Evidence Informed Decision Making. This project is a partnership between the University of London, UFS School of Nursing, UJ, University of Limpopo, University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). The British Council of Higher Education’s England-Africa Partnership scheme is funding the project.

From the left are, front: Prof. Anita van der Merwe (Head of the UFS School of Nursing) and Prof. Ellison; back: Mr Kroth and Prof. Yvonne Botma (the UFS co-ordinator of the project).

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