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Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Enhancing physical education at local schools

COLLABORATION: Staff members from six universities involved in the Caring Society international project to improve South African healthcare through knowledge exchange COLLABORATION: Staff members from six universities involved in the Caring Society international project to improve South African healthcare through knowledge exchange

The Sport Management Department will help to strengthen physical education in disadvantaged primary schools in the Kensington area.

The department will develop an educational module on physical education with the primary aim to build the capacity of students to work in the school environment, and provide the opportunity for school educators to improve their skills in presenting physical education as part of Life Orientation in their respective schools.

This initiative forms part of the Caring Society (CASO) 3.0 Consortium, a project that aims to improve South African healthcare through knowledge exchange.

The project will see CPUT partner with the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape and several European institutions. These include Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands, the Finnish Lahti University of Applied Sciences and Karel de Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp, Belgium.

CPUT lecturer Chris Young, who coordinates the programme, says they will work alongside colleagues from the Western Cape College of Nursing (WCCN), with staff members from each department focusing on specific areas of the project.

Participation in this project, which will run until 2019, allows CPUT to contribute to international knowledge development in healthcare and the community, as well as the internationalisation of students through placements abroad.

Young says the programme is part of the European Union's Erasmus+ Capacity Building in the Higher Education programme and has been funded to the tune of more than €800,000.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za