UKZN Students Contribute to World Social Science Forum
Three third year Community Development students were selected to participate in one of the panel sessions at the 2015 World Social Science Forum (WSSF) in Durban.
They were Ms Ntombikayise Mabaso, Ms Ayanda Ngubane and Mr Sanele Madlala.
‘It was a pleasure and a privilege to be recognised and be part of the WSSF panel discussions,’ said Mabaso.
‘It provided us with a wealth of information and knowledge that will assist us to uplift the communities we come from and future communities we will work with.’
The students discussed their topics under the theme: “Attitudes Towards Social Inequality: Hopes, Fears and Global Prospects” which was part of the WSSF and Department of Science and Technology (DST) New and Emerging Scholar Roundtable.
The Roundtable discussion aimed to provide new and emerging scholars with a platform to discuss their views and beliefs about various dimensions of social inequality at a personal, national and global level.
‘Being a part of this Roundtable discussion allowed us to raise issues important to the youth and the communities we come from. It gave us the chance to provide possible solutions to societal issues and to talk about youth development,’ said Madlala.
The students explored a number of themes including their expectations, hopes and dreams for their future, their views on South Africa’s position in the world currently and in the future as well as how they saw the world evolving.
‘I chose to do community development because I realised that I have the potential to change my community for the better and to make a positive difference to society,’ said Ngubane. ‘WSSF and UKZN’s Community Development Discipline gave us the platform to engage and network as students and future scholars.’
Community Development Lecturer, Ms Phindile Shangase, added: ‘Active participation in this panel enabled our students to recognise the importance of young people’s involvement in Community Development initiatives that aim to tackle complex local issues. They have also experienced the enthusiasm of attending a scholarly conference for the first time, and networking with various stakeholders.’
The following students also delivered presentations at the forum
- Ms Reema Nunlal on: “The Perceptions of the Conviction Rate of Adult Female Rape in Verulam, Durban”.
- Ms Gabi Mkhize on: “Factors Reinforcing Intersectional Challenges and Barriers to Women’s Organising and Empowerment”.
- Mr Mark Rieker and Ms Stella Sabi on: “Increasing Access to Health Policy Making in South Africa: A Case Study of the Treatment Action Campaign”.
- Ms Kathryn Pillay on: “The Power of Dreams: Young People's Imaginings of Non-Racialism”.
- Ms Livasha Moodley on: “Knowledge and Perceptions of Illicit Drug Trafficking into and within Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and South Africa”.
- Mr Peace Jibouku and Mr Khondlo Mtshali on: “Towards Effective Regionalism in Africa: Assessing the Effectiveness of the African Peer Review Mechanism”.