‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” (Mandela, 2003).
According to the Bill of Rights of South Africa's Constitution, all South Africans have the right to a basic education, including adult basic education and access to further education. The state has an obligation, through reasonable measures, to progressively make this education available and accessible.
South Africa has one of the highest rates of public investment in education in the world. At about 7% of gross domestic product (GDP) and 20% of total state expenditure, the government spends more on education than on any other sector. Simultaneously, the quality of education in South Africa is frequently criticised and still today there are huge gaps between elitist private schools and poorly funded township schools.
This minor will give students exposure to a different cultural environment in which teachers are operating; Cultural sensitivity is not just a quality which many people of the world lack, it is also something you can develop while studying in South Africa. You will actually get to experience your place of study in the long term, picking up local knowledge such as how they socialize, communicate, prepare their food, what tourist traps to avoid and how to get the most out of your new town of Port Alfred. Your exposure to many different types of people will not only help you to develop your people skills, but it will also give you a firmer knowledge of others.
This minor is offered by the programme Teacher for Primary Education.