Ubunye: Empowering parents in disadvantaged rural communities in South African communities to support classroom learning

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    Twenty-one years into democracy in South Africa, access to quality education still eludes those who cannot afford to pay for it. The socio-economic adversities
    facing the communities in which schools are situated play a large role in their
    dysfunction. Yet, within such communities there is a wealth of human resources
    that can add real value to the quality of teaching and learning. This project aims
    to develop community members as teaching assistants, who will work hand in
    hand with teachers to develop a culturally and contextually relevant programme to empower parents/guardians to partner with the school in the education of their children. An action research design, using a qualitative approach to data
    generation and analysis, will ensure the participation of all stakeholders in the
    design, implementation and evaluation of the programme. The development of
    such a programme will help to improve parental involvement, as well as equip
    unemployed community members with skills that will improve their chance of
    formal employment and enhance personal development.
    Short titleUbunye
    Effective start/end date30/09/1529/09/17

    Research Output

    Moderating epistemic injustice in teaching: A case study of the role of Teaching Assistants

    MCATEER, MARY. & Wood, L., 1 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press) Embedding social justice in teacher education and development in Africa. . McNaught, C. & Gravett, S. (eds.). Abingdon: Routledge

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Decolonising knowledge: Enacting the civic role of the university in a community-based project

    McAteer, M. & Wood, L., 30 Nov 2018, In : South African Journal of Education. 38, 4, p. 1-10

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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