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Community engagement

Be the Change

We know that learning and education are key tools to help drive social change, which is why we are always looking beyond our campus to engage with the wider community.

Our Community Engagement department supports MSA students and staff as they partner with various organisations and individuals, both locally and nationally. We embrace active, committed, creative, innovative and mutually beneficial relationships that advance goodwill with individuals and groups in all sectors of society.

We support a number of successful student-led projects and have an active robust student volunteer community; in 2016 MSA students volunteered more than 11 000 hours of their time.

Projects are driven from the Alan Finkel Volunteer Space, a purpose-built area designed to cultivate the spirit of community and social responsibility on campus. It is a place to meet like-minded students, a resource centre and a hub for working on current programmes and planning future goals.

Volunteers can apply for training to help them run their projects, so you could improve your skills in areas such as:

  • Leadership
  • Project management and implementation
  • Communication and business writing
  • Financial management
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Report writing

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  • Working with vulnerable communities

By participating in one of our many initiatives, you will enhance your leadership skills as well as become an active citizen driving real change.

The Monash South Africa Student Volunteer Programme (MUSVP)

The MUSVP provides an opportunity for you to use your skills to volunteer in and lead the social change programmes. You will be able to join in with a variety of student-led programmes, including the ones listed below.

SATURDAY SCHOOL

Every Saturday, Grade 4-6 pupils from surrounding primary schools visit our campus for Maths and Literacy tutoring. Sixty-four MSA students volunteered as tutors in 2016, giving these scholars individual attention that allows them to develop a mentoring relationship and track each pupil’s development.

ULWAZI TUTORING

Student volunteers provide tutoring to approximately 600 local high school pupils, teaching Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, English, Geography, Life Sciences, Maths and Physical Science. In 2016, 69 MSA students tutored at Matla Combined School and the Cosmo Multipurpose Centre.

TOMORROW STARTS TODAY

This soft skills and development programme offers weekly workshops for 45 Grade 9 pupils from nearby communities. You could be helping pupils to choose school subjects with their career prospects in mind or give lessons on self-awareness, conflict management, communication skills, self-esteem, time management, goal setting, work exploration, community resources, relationship dynamics and sexuality.

R.E.A.C.H (Resourcing Empowering Accessing Change)

REACH is an online teaching programme initiated by our students to help bridge the gap between education and technology in South Africa. We provide teaching material for South African high school pupils via pre-recorded video tutorials and interactive live tutorials. Participating in this initiative will help you to develop strong presentation and communication skills and gain experience in curriculum development.

THUSANANG

This student-led initiative creates a creative space for youth to express themselves through art, drama and sports. As a volunteer you would help host talent shows and support extra-mural activities. The programme also gives school pupils an opportunity to perform at our various on-campus events, such as our Africa Day Festival.

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