C2A Wentworth July 2011
Wentworth is a community south of the city of Durban. Flanked by the Indian Ocean on the east and by industries on the west this community is plagued with several socio-economic and environmental challenges that impinge on the quality of life. During the month of July 2011, 82 classes were hosted totally free of charge across 14 venues. Participants ranged from principals, teachers, students, NGO and FBO workers, business and members of the community.
Over 17 000 people attended the Wentworth programme. Project Manager Dr. Genevieve James and her team comprising of Azad Hoosen, Chevaan Peters, Rose Mashaba and Vuyokazi Maliwa returned humbled by the hunger to learn demonstrated by the community of Wentworth. The participants were exposed to a range of learning initiatives that were related to their own contextual needs. They discovered the joys and benefits of learning that is relevant to life, and began to encourage each other in building a culture of learning.
Through the various workshop offerings, ranging from employment and entrepreneurial skills to education, health care and creative arts the programme contributed to skills development and social justice awareness. Professor Narend Baijnath, Pro Vice Chancellor at Unisa paid a special visit to the community of Wentworth. As he visited each class he expressed Unisa’s social justice mandate and encouraged members of the community to embrace the learning opportunities provided.