Ms Zoleka Mkhabela, an nGap Lecturer and PhD candidate in the School of Education has been awarded the Erasmus + Mobility Scholarship that will enable her to spend six months at the University of Natural Sciences and Humanities in Siedlce, Poland.
During her stay in Siedlce, Mkhabela will interact with other local and Erasmus scholarship students, academics, community organisations and citizens. She will participate in lectures, and presentations in academic, social and cultural settings. She will also engage with and live stream early childhood teaching sessions and the use of sensory teaching resources to staff and students, focusing on special needs in the Foundation Phase modules in UKZN’s School of Education.
A Memorandum of Understanding between UKZN and Siedlce University enables staff and students to engage in study abroad programmes, student exchange programmes and collaborative research. The agreement was initiated by Dr Angela James, Academic Leader for Community Engagement in the School of Education.
Mkhabela said that being selected for the scholarship is a ‘true honour and life-changing opportunity that will allow me to broaden my worldview and understand different pedagogies that I could implement in my teaching. I am looking forward to broadening my horizons on a global scale and will engage postgraduate students to apply for Erasmus + mobility scholarships.’
James commented, ‘It is enhancing and exciting for students to interact with other students, academics and community members in other countries. These are great learning experiences. We know that Zoleka will be a great ambassador for UKZN.’
Mkhabela is completing her PhD in Social Sciences (Geography) at UKZN. Her research, which is interdisciplinary and spans Geography and History, is entitled The Curriculum and Competing Discourses: Geography Teachers’ Perspectives on Land Reform in Grade 12 Geography Textbooks.