Social Work Students in Oath-Taking Ceremony
Social workers and students at the School of Applied Human Sciences participated in an Oath-Taking Ceremony hosted at the Howard College Theatre by the Social Work Students Association.
Under the theme: “Our Hope for the Profession”, the ceremony emphasised self-independence and development of social workers and implementing social change within communities.
Acting Academic Leader for the Discipline of Social Work, Dr Dorothee Holscher, spoke on the importance of the ceremony, highlighting the need for professionalism in the workplace as well as self-reliance.
Holscher encouraged the future generation of social workers to bring about positive change in society, especially within their own communities.
Acting Dean for the School Professor Johanna Buitendach, Social Work Manager at King Edward Hospital Mr B Zondi, and Director of Victim Empowerment and Families Mr V Khoza, shared their social work experiences and perceptions.
They described the social work profession as a ‘calling’ saying it ‘is a career that makes an impact on the social justice system of this country with social workers being the voices of individuals unable to speak for themselves’.
Said Zondi: ‘It is important for a student to do practical work to gain as much knowledge as possible so they will be able to practice social work with integrity and in turn serve the community.’
For information on the Social Work Students Association go to their social media page: Instagram: Social Work Students Association.
Photographs: Zinhle Zungu