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Shongwe, who teaches at Mandlesive Secondary School in Mpumalanga, was selected to receive the prestigious University of Cape Town (UCT) accolade thanks to Sifumba’s sterling nomination to the Stella Clark Teachers’ Award committee.
Clarke was a language development lecturer in UCT’s Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED), and the award seeks to honour her memory by shining a spotlight on teachers making a marked difference in the lives of disadvantaged children in underprivileged communities.
A one-day introductory course into design thinking offered UCT staff and students valuable insights into this problem-solving skill and writer Carla Bernardo jumped at the chance to take part. Here she shares what she learnt.
CHED’s mission is to promote equity of access, effectiveness of teaching and learning, and the enhancement of curriculum, with the aim of improving student success and developing UCT graduates who are locally relevant, socially responsive, globally competitive and representative of South Africa’s diverse population. Headed by the Dean of Higher Education Development, CHED’s organisational structure consists of a Dean’s Office and six departments: • Academic Development Programme
• Careers Service • Centre for Educational Assessment • Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching • UCT School of Design Thinking (d-school).
CHED aspires to be a significant contributor to innovative educational development, practice and scholarship in teaching and learning, in order to champion and advance social justice and transformation within CHED, UCT, the higher education sector and the broader society.
CHED’s values reflect an aspiration to put students at the centre of all that we do, realised through the foundational principles of transformation and collaboration. Key values are:
A commitment to social justice and transformation;
Students as influential agents of change and one of UCT’s greatest assets;
Educational development work informed by research based on ethical principles;
Partnership with faculties to achieve common goals of access and success
“I am proud and pleased that CHED has continued its role in the leadership of teaching and learning at UCT and in the sector. Historically, CHED’s work has been strongly focused on supporting the design of teaching and learning for students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds. It will be clear from this year’s highlights that the faculty now has a broad influence in higher education research, academic and professional staff development, student support, curriculum design and renewal, online and blended modes of provision, careers information and support, and educational assessment. We have grown a transversal presence in the institution and have contributed much work in the field of higher education research and project development.”
PROFESSOR ALAN CLIFF
Dean of Higher Education Development