09 April 2014 Volume :2 Issue :15

Social Work Day Celebrated at UKZN

Social Work Day Celebrated at UKZN
UKZN Social Work students recite the Social Work Pledge.

The Social Work Discipline within the School of Applied Human Sciences recently hosted a World Social Work Day event at the Howard College Theatre.

The day is celebrated worldwide with the main event taking place in New York City.

Professor Vishanthie Sewpaul said: ‘Social Work Day has been celebrated at the United Nations for the past 30 years.

‘The International Association of Schools of Social Work and the international Federation of Social Workers declared the third Tuesday of March every year as World Social Work Day. This allows the day to be celebrated at institutional, national, regional and global levels.’

In her capacity as President of the Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa, Sewpaul delivered a keynote address at a World Social Work Day event in Kampala, Uganda.

The theme for 2014 is Social and Economic Crisis – Social Work Solutions. This relates to the first of four themes in the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development - a bottom-up movement that has been developed by social workers globally.

Speaking at the UKZN event, Mr Vusi Khoza of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development, advised students to retain their integrity while working as social workers. ‘Value the ethics of social work and get involved in community work and make a difference in the lives of people and society,’ said Khoza.

The highlight of the event was when UKZN social work students took a pledge to be the best social workers that they could be and to contribute to the betterment of communities and the country.

-          Melissa Mungroo

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