NUMSA education and skills development, Workers college graduation ceremony in KZN

NUMSA education and skills development, Workers college graduation ceremony in KZN

Written by: Mxolisi Hlengwa (KZN)

Congratulations to NUMSA shopstewards that graduated early last year with their four (4) years part time bachelor’s degrees in social science at the University of KwaZulu Natal, and one (1) year diplomas at the Workers college.

No Name and surname Short bibliography Institution Qualification
1. Samkelo Ndlovu Shopsteward from Eskom and Gabriel Chiliza local chairperson. UKZN B. soc science degree
2. Busisiwe Lushaba Shopstewards from Midas retail shop in portshepstone UKZN B. soc science degree
3 Sbusiso Cele Shopsteward from from Nampack in pinetown and pinetown local secretary UKZN B. soc science degree
4. Muziwabahle Moto Fulltime Shopsteward from Divfood Durban. UKZN B.soc science degree
5. Mxolisi Hlengwa Shopsteward from Motus in Durban,Vusi Shezi local Motor Substructure secretary and NUMSA new writer. UKZN B.soc science degree
6. Zanele Mbili Shopsteward UKZN B. soc science degree
7. Siyabonga Ncalane Trellidoor shopsteward committee chairperson and Vusi shezi local dispute committee chairperson. WCKZN Diploma
8. Sandile Mkhize Shopsteward WCKZN Diploma
9. Thulani Gasa Shopsteward WCKZN Diploma
10 Mandlenkosi Mahlobo Shopsteward WCKZN Diploma
11 Sthembiso Buthelezi Shopsteward WCKZN Diploma
12. James Mandla Shopsteward WCKZN Diploma
13. Nelisiwe Kunene Shopsteward WCKZN Diploma
14, Sihle Mbhele WCKZN Diploma

Workers college coordinated a graduation ceremony for the student at the Coastland hotel in Durban in the middle of November 2020, including those that graduated virtually at the university of KwaZulu Natal in April 2020.

The college have an arrangement with the university of KwaZulu Natal that give effect to the accreditation link where students must complete one of the four designed diplomas which are a 16-credit university module, to access a degree program at the university.

Diplomas serve as the access qualification with a content that raise the levels of skills, capacities, understanding and the consciousness of trade union activists at a political, social, and economic level, so that they would be able to engage with the challenges that confront them, especially in the workplace, in their sectoral institutions and in the broader society.

As much as there has been a tapping into various theories, from Paulo Freire’s pedagogy of the oppressed to Marxian pedagogical traditions such as critical pedagogy and Giroux’s borderless theory ,the Workers’ College’s educational practices have mainly been developed in the middle of the action, shaped by practice, experience and experiment, and informed by the ever-changing socio-economic and political landscape as well as the fluid and dynamic organisational environment within the labour movement and community organisations.

Thomas Sankara once stated that without patriotic education, a soldier is only a potential criminal. Knowing that the revolutionaries are individuals that can be murdered, but the idea cannot be killed.