By Dr M. Young
UWC hosted a two-week intensive program from 5-16 February valued at 5 ECT’s (10 Credits) as a first pilot phase for the Erasmus+ CASO Healthy Lifestyle Work Package 2.2 Project. Four UWC, 5 CPUT and 26 EU students formed part of the intensive program. EU students represented Avans, LAMK and KdG that was either on 12-day student mobility or a 60-day mobility. The program was preceded by the 5 ECT online module managed by Lahti, providing background theory to health promotion and movement development as well as background to SA schools. The intensive program focussed on the practical application and development of physical activity programs using the theoretical knowledge from the online module. Students were also exposed to workshops in Cultural Diversity (offered by WP2.1) and Empowerment (offered by WP2.3) as overlapping topics between the different work packages. Staff from all three SA partner institutions participated in this two-week program.
Students prepared lesson plans in class and presented their plans to staff prior to running a pilot project in the school. The students then piloted their plans at Herold Cressy High School with Gr8 and Gr 9 learners in collaboration with Play Sport for Life (PS4L), an NGO that is a partner of the project, that proved to be very successful. They used their knowledge of health and social matters and developed physical activity games to educate the children about these issues. In addition to this, the students were exposed to the Association for Persons with Disabilities that use leisure as a means to skill adults with various disabilities to enter the workforce.
But work without play is not productive. Chris Young, the SA partner leader, assisted with the transport, accommodation and social program for the students. The students had a very educational visit to the Heart of Cape Town Museum at the Groote Schuur hospital showcasing the first successful heart transplant conducted by Prof. Chris Barnard in 1967. The educational tour was followed by a visit to the crocodile farm in Paarl where some students had the courage to do some crocodile cage diving and a visit to the whine farms where they had some cultural experiences.
The students moved on to complete a 60-day internship program with CPUT as part of the project that was completed in the first week of April. The pilot phase 1 modules were evaluated during the March Consortium meeting in Cape Town and will be amended for pilot phase two to be implemented in September 2018.