09 April 2014 Volume :2 Issue :15

Workers’ College Graduation Ceremony

Workers’ College Graduation Ceremony
From left: Ms Judy Knock; Professor Stephen Mutula and Chairperson of Workers’ College Ms Cynthia Joyce.

The Annual Diploma Graduation ceremony of the Workers’ College held recently at UKZN was an occasion for 61 students to graduate with their diploma certificates and 19 with their Bachelor of Social Science degrees.

These certificates are jointly awarded on behalf of UKZN, the accrediting university, and the Workers’ College, the implementing organisation.

The Workers’ College is an education organisation offering education programmes for trade unionists and community activists from within South Africa as well as the African continent.

According to the Director of Workers’ College, Mr Kessie Moodley, the Diploma programme has been running since the inception of the Workers’ College in 1992.

‘Its continuation as an accredited programme, which grants access for working adults into UKZN’s degree programme, has been possible because of the support we have received from the Department of Labour’s Strengthening Civil Society Fund, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, and the National Skills Fund,’ said Moodley.

Presenting the students with their awards, the Dean and Head of the School of Social Sciences at UKZN, Professor Stephen Mutula, said UKZN was pleased to be able to participate and to be involved in such an event and programme.

‘We, as a University are committed to African Scholarship and the promotion of education in South Africa. We applaud the graduates for their hard work and dedication that went into attaining these certificates and degrees and we congratulate Workers’ College for collaborating with UKZN.’

Overall highest achiever in diplomas Mr Phakamani Sikhosane said he was overjoyed about and proud of his achievement. His hope was that all graduates from Workers’ College, now armed with new knowledge would be able to better serve their societies, empower others and to pursue societal change. 

-           Melissa Mungroo

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