Engagement in Action

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Rhodes sees community engagement differently. Not as something that's bolted on - an afternoon's volunteering here and there. But as something that is woven in to the fabric of the University, that is about authentic relationships, which make a difference to everyone involved - students, staff and the organisations and community members they work with. "Engagement in Action" talks to the people who are bringing that vision to life.

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2. Professor Jacqui Akhurst

Professor Jacqui Akhurst started her career as a teacher, became a school psychologist and then a full-time academic. Starting in KZN, moving to the UK in 2004 (York and York St John Universities) and then to Rhodes in 2015, her research focus has long been community psychology. Through her inspiration and guidance, Rhodes Psychology Department is one of the university's most active - and effective - when it comes to community engagement. In the second edition of the podcast, hear how she has helped create powerful interventions for students and community organisations alike.
Prof Jacqui Akhurst at Rhodes

1. The Environmental Learning Research Centre and the Amanzi for Food Project.

People need fresh, healthy food. But growing fresh food needs a reliable source of water in a water scarce country. The Amanzi for Food project – funded by the Water Research Commission (WRC) and led and implemented by the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes – brings together farmers, extension services, local economic development, agricultural training institutions and agricultural NGOs. They share knowledge and skills around harvesting, storing, and using rainwater to improve food production and to make farming as sustainable as possible. Find out how it works in this first edition of ‘Engagement in Action’ and how it benefits every single person involved – from subsistence farmers to academics.
Amanzi for Food webpage

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