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Tuesday, 20 July 2021

Consumer Science hosts women empowerment organisation

GRACIOUS HOST:  Food Production and Service Operations 2 students at the first Service Learning Food Production Day. GRACIOUS HOST: Food Production and Service Operations 2 students at the first Service Learning Food Production Day.

The Department of Biotechnology and Consumer Science: Food and Nutrition recently hosted the first Service Learning Food Production Day alongside their Service Learning partner, Vheneka.

Vheneka is a women empowerment Non-Governmental Organisation that has a six-month training programme where students receive culinary training, alongside business training.

Consumer Science lecturer, Raché Hanekom could not hide her joy with the success of the Service Learning project.  “Today, as I stood and watched them all, I really understood the value of Service Learning…to be willing to share knowledge and to learn,” Hanekom remarked.

She said the day fitted in well with the Vheneka students’ learnership programme. The (CPUT) students also showed enthusiasm on the day and gratitude in working with students from Vheneka.

CPUT student, Ingrid Mashava said the visiting students seemed very interested when things were explained to them. “They were engaging with everything we did. Everyone was so well prepared. There was good teamwork and good communication amongst everyone, including all the lecturers. I really enjoyed the day.”

Another student, Darniq Arendse said: “‘Today was good…highlighting that we are able to work and interact with other people.”

In addition, an excited student, Yolanda Njokwana stated that she really enjoyed having the opportunity to work with the students from Vheneka. “It was quite fascinated with the ladies who were very sweet and caring and willing to share their knowledge with us. I especially enjoyed learning about entrepreneurship from the ladies; as they all plan to venture out and create their own businesses – which inspired me to do the same or something similar. Thank you for the opportunity.”

Further to the on-site food preparation visit, the Food Production and Service Operations 2 students have created two-minute video clips based on important topics in a food production environment such as food safety, personal hygiene, and many more. These videos will be shared with the Vheneka students However, the video clips will also become ‘teaching material’ for Food: Science and Practice 1 students and future Food Production and Service Operations 2 students.

“I am very proud of our second years; although only a third of the class participated due to social distancing protocol, the rest of the group will participate in other Service Learning associated practicals for marks later in the 2021 academic year,” Hanekom enthused.

To view  the Food Production Day for the Food Production and Service Operations 2 class: https://www.facebook.com/ConsumerScienceFoodAndNutrition

Written by Aphiwe Boyce