Academics and students studying for the Diploma
in Child Protection in Emergencies celebrate the
start of the programme at UKZN.

The School of Built Environment and Development Studies in the College of Humanities hosted a welcome dinner for students reading for a postgraduate Diploma in Child Protection in Emergencies (CPIE).

Students are from South Africa as well as Afghanistan, Benin, China, East Timor, Geneva, Guinea, Iraq, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, and Uzbekistan.

The diploma is being offered to address the shortage of professionally trained middle-level staff in Child Protection in Emergencies and to provide a qualification with clear progression routes for the sector.

 The project is funded by the members of the Geneva-based Child Protection Working Group, namely UNICEF (New York), Save the Children (UK) and Terre des Hommes (Paris).  

DVC and Head of the College of Humanities, Professor Cheryl Potgieter, welcomed the students and highlighted UKZN’s rankings and research output.

Potgieter, whose Masters degree in Psychology focused on child development, commended the former Dean and Head of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Professor Thokozani Xaba, for conceptualising the project.

‘The planned learning programme is a total experience. You will be exposed to innovative ways of learning, located in the particular historical spaces that are relevant to the history and transformation of South Africa,’ Potgieter told the students.

She said she hoped the programme, which includes international trainers and UKZN lecturers, would continue to be affiliated with UNICEF.

Xaba paid tribute to the students and lecturers and thanked Potgieter for her support during the development of the programme, the SAQA approval process and through the early stages of delivery.