Third Community Engagement Symposium to be hosted NWU Vaal Triangle Campus

Anjonet Jordaan -- Thu, 02/19/2015 - 13:55

Third Community Engagement Symposium to be hosted NWU Vaal Triangle Campus

The Vaal Triangle Campus of North-West University will host the Third Community Engagement Symposium from 22 to 23 June 2015 at the Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark.


This unique symposium is the brainchild of Prof Elsa Fourie, director of the School of Education on the Vaal Triangle Campus. The symposium took shape around a need Prof Fourie identified among many academics to give back to communities where their expertise can have a positive impact.

University and colleges are filled with a wealth of knowledge that is often shared among academics and researchers only, but have the potential impact positively through a range of different community projects.

The Community Engagement Symposium provides a platform to academics, but also to teachers, school principals and ordinary citizens engaged in community work to present to other like-minded people the community work they engage in outside of their normal work life.

The symposium provides help to those who would like to engage in community work but don’t know where to start; help to those who are already engaged community work about strategies that work well, the pitfalls to avoid, and where there are still gaps for community engagement.

Prof Fourie’s own Siyakhulisa project in the Vaal region aims to better equip nursery school teachers in informal settlements with the knowledge and skills they need for proper early childhood development of the children in their care.

Symposium information

Those who wish to take part in this year’s symposium can contact Margie Calaça from Twin Oaks Training for more information:

Tel: 076 4138873

Fax:086 6183565