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25 April 2019 | Story Mamosa Makaya

Since 2016, the University of the Free State Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS) has received a grant from First National Bank worth R2 498 000, which supports tertiary bursaries for students with disabilities. Bursary holders are funded through CUADS, as the administrator of the bursaries.
  
These are students enrolled for various academic programmes who require academic assistance and/or assistive devices such as electronic handheld magnifiers, laptops, and hearing aids. The FNB grant also covers tuition, accommodation, study material and books, and meals.  The success of the grant is already evident, with one of the recipients having graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in December 2018. A second student was capped at the April 2019 graduations with a BSc Honours in Quantity Surveying.
 
Supporting the principles of the ITP

The UFS received the grant from FNB in instalments, starting in the 2016 academic year to date, supporting the needs of 40 disabled students. This grant and the work of CUADS speaks to and supports the principles of the Integrated Transformation Plan (ITP), namely inclusivity, transformation, and diversity. The vision of the Universal Access work stream is to enable the UFS to create an environment where students with disabilities can experience all aspects of student life equal to their non-disabled peers. The ITP provides for the recognition of the rights of people with disabilities as an important lesson in social justice and an opportunity to reinforce university values.

The successful administration of the grant to benefit past and present students is a ‘feather in the cap’ of CUADS, and is a shining example of the impact of public private investment and the endless possibilities that open up when there is a commitment to developing future leaders in academic spaces, allowing them to thrive by creating a learning environment that is welcoming and empowering. 



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UFS Colloquium opened up debate about South African youth and sexuality
2013-04-29

For the first time in South Africa, the subject sexuality education has been comprehensively opened up for debate.

The Faculty of Education at the University of the Free State (UFS) convened a colloquium this week that dealt with the field of sexuality and education in South Africa, how sexuality is taught and how it should be taught.

Entitled “Sexuality, Society and Pedagogy,” the colloquium was addressed by leading researchers in the fields of education and sociology, and covered topics such as: how to teach sex education most effectively; how teachers should deal with their own preconceptions and values when dealing with sensitive topics; how school children view sex, gender, disability, homosexuality and homophobia; the implications of teaching the subject incorrectly; and the role that educators could and should play in forming the gender-based world view of their young charges.

Please read the attached document for the complete story on the colloquium.

 

 

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