Amelia and Mary have been with Africa Unite since February 2016 and made extremely valuable contributions. The two are currently students at the University of Connecticut in USA and were involved in a lot of activities during their internship period.
Besides many other things, Amelia spearheaded an ongoing formal legal complaint against the Department of Education of South Africa to change their teaching policy on qualified migrants and refugee teachers in order for them to be able to teach in government schools since there is a serious shortage of local teachers in the country. She was also instrumental in organising a dialogue for farm dwellers and workers to speak about their challenges and come up with recommendations. Likewise, Mary was involved in a number of activities but her major highlight was
organizing a resounding community dialogue for people living with disabilities in Gugulethu Township which was attended by various stakeholders around the Western Cape including people living with disabilities themselves and forged a relationship between Africa Unite and several organizations that mobilize around disabilities. She was also responsible for updating our ever buzzing social media platforms.
Harald also a student in USA, began his internship in March and while he was not with us
for long period, he contributed to some important work. Harald conducted interviews along with Africa Unite peer educator, in Europe and Nyanga Township for an impact assessment of our Community Conflict Mediation programme. Harald adapted well and got along with the rest of the staff and peer educators at Africa Unite.
Amelia, Mary and Harald are already part of Africa Unite family and we wish them luck in their future endeavors and we hope to see them back with us again one day. Africa Unite would like to give a special thanks to the University of Connecticut South Africa Exchange team for inviting us as one of the hosts of their interns for their final dinner on the 28th of April 2016 at the Strand Tower Hotel.