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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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National interpreter project awarded to the UFS
2008-03-07

 
A national project on the training of court interpreters was recently officially launched on the Main Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein. It is a joint project of the UFS, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, and the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA). The project includes the training of 100 court interpreters countrywide over the next two years. It was awarded to the Department Afroasiatic Studies, Sign Language and Language Practice at the UFS after all higher education institutions in the country had the opportunity to apply to undertake this project. The project is lead by Prof. Annelie Lotriet, Associate Professor in the Department of Afroasiatic Studies, Sign Language and Language Practice and an internationally renowned interpreting expert, who was also responsible for the training of interpreters for the former Truth and Reconciliation Commission. At the launch of the project were, from the left: Mr Zongezile Baloyi (Chief Executive Officer of SASSETA), Prof. Lotriet, and Prof. Sakkie Steyn (Registrar: General at the UFS).
Photo: Leonie Bolleurs

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