Academic Leader for Community Engagement in the School of Education Dr Angela James is spearheading a new e-magazine for students by students.
Titled Creative Network, the magazine is circulated to students through various communication channels such as email, the School’s student Facebook page, the Creative Network Magazine Facebook page and WhatsApp.
The past four issues have focused on COVID-19. Students were encouraged to write about their experiences of the pandemic in a creative way – a story, lyrics to a song, poems, drawings, and also their method of learning – how it can take place wherever they are.
According to James, there was a need to provide a platform for the School of Education community to interact through.
‘This is a digital platform to foster creativity, engagements and innovation and to promote social cohesion, which is relevant,’ she said. ‘Students are creative, which is evident from the activities they plan and engage in during the modules and in their free time,’ said Ms Phakamile Mazibuko, a co-editor and student. ‘By sharing the students’ experiences of COVID-19, it is hoped to foster notions of solidarity, compassion and support…a space for release, growth and comfort. The magazine is for sharing experiences and learning possibilities and challenges.’
Ms Mandisa Luthuli, another co-editor and student, added: ‘This is an opportunity and a platform for students to express their creativity and gives them a voice for that which inspires greatness within or around them…each person’s piece should encourage and spark the next contribution.’
On the future of the magazine, Mazibuko said: ‘We hope to bring a sense of engagement and social cohesion for students, the University community and others. Moreover, intellectual ability is of important in today’s world. We need young leaders who use creative and critical skills to “think outside the box” to plan and implement impactful solutions for sustainable living within communities.’