Faculty-Led Gender Equality Programs
Travel to Africa and choose from three fascinating destinations as your base for contributing to a regional Gender Equality initiative. From either Cape Town in South Africa, Livingstone in Zambia or Moshi in Tanzania you can expect to explore the issues surrounding gender equality in an African context. Expand your theoretical knowledge by implementing strategies to measure and assess impact, and improve existing structures within a set framework.
The curriculum can be tailor-made according to the group’s academic focus and desired learning outcomes. You will have access to our resident experts in African development studies for an in-depth approach to the subject matter. This course would be particularly beneficial to students of international development, gender studies, human rights, education, anthropology, sociology and African studies.
The initiative is structured around six identified ‘pillars’ of the project to further the campaign of transitioning the girls successfully to womanhood. These pillars are education, health, preventing early pregnancy, safety, skills development and building self-confidence and leadership skills. Each location offers unique insights into these pillars, which combined, directly impact over 220 girls.
- Take your class global, and work alongside experts in the fields of Gender and Development studies
- Expand your theoretical knowledge through practical implementation
- Directly impact over 220 girls regionally
- Enjoy the many travel highlights of Livingstone, Cape Town, or Kilimanjaro
- Locaction Cape Town, Livingstone or Moshi
- Focus Gender Studies, Development Studies, Education, Anthropology, Human Rights, Sociology
- Recommended Credits Advised on request
- Opportunities Potential research and credit opportunities
Cape Town, South Africa:
Cape Town is arguably one the most stunning cities in the world. Framed between oceans and mountains, it’s surrounded by incredible natural beauty, with Table Mountain, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, an absolute highlight. Cape Town also a place of huge diversity, lively cultures, and a vibrant nightlife. Living here is dynamic and interesting, and weekends will give you a huge variety of exciting activities. You can, for instance, go to the top of Table Mountain, visit the historic Robben Island, venture to the iconic Cape Point, or hang out on some of the many beaches. If you’re into food and design, you can also choose to visit some of the trendy markets for some culinary treats and locally designed goods. Moreover, once you venture outside of Cape Town, you’ll find gorgeous winelands and stunning National Parks that are well worth a good road trip.
A small city with rural character and friendly people, Livingstone is a welcoming and charming place. It’s also a place of natural beauty; Livingstone is situated on the mighty Zambezi River, only ten kilometres away from the famous Victoria Falls, and surrounded by the bush (and yes, elephants roam around on the outskirts of the town). Weekends will give you the opportunity to encounter wildlife on game drives in a nearby National Park, to venture onto the Zambezi for a boat cruise, or to get soaked by the spray of the falls. For the adventurous type, there’s plenty to explore too. Known as the Adventure Capital of Africa, Livingstone offers dare-devil activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, or gorge swinging. A tourist hub spot for good reason, the Zambian town offers an abundance of character and opportunity.
Moshi is a small town with an impressive setting; it’s situated below the majestic Kilimanjaro mountain range. One of the most iconic attractions in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro is the continent’s highest peak, and an incredible sight. Blessed with this view, the busy tourist town of Moshi is a bustling network of food markets and restaurants, with an impressive array of colors, smells, and sounds. Undoubtably, the most iconic inhabitants of Moshi are the Maasai, a traditional warrior tribe who will impress you with their vibrant culture and warm nature. The area is also rich in wildlife. With monkeys in the trees and lizards sunning themselves on the rocks in your garden, living here is a perfect balance between integrating with the Tanzanians and enjoying the incredible natural setting. During time off, you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the nearby national parks for spectacular game viewing. You could, for instance, venture to the famous Serengeti and encounter lions, elephants, and rhinos – and, if you’re lucky, you might even witness the hugely impressive Great Wildebeest Migration.
The program is fully tailor-made and will be adjusted according to your group’s specific academic focus and desired learning outcomes. Overall, the program presents the following opportunities:
- Expand your Curriculum
Take advantage of Local experts and existing relationships to further develop the scope of your curriculum. Beyond the fascinating sites and culture, our three locations offer multiple opportunities to explore a development landscape that is yet to be shaped.
Through a series of lectures, workshops, focus groups and guided reflection, you will develop an understanding of the complex influences and consequences surrounding gender equality in an African context. For example, conducting baseline assessments and using them to measure changes in attitude of both girl participants and the community at large as well as give your students the opportunity to explore academic learnings practically for a deeper understanding.
- From Tacit to Tangible
Through the use of research as a tool for expanding cultural understanding, you give your students the platform to connect to the subject matter beyond stereotypes. Social engagement provides opportunities to grasp layered cultural frameworks, and build the foundations of international development work re-imagined.
- Value Adding
Throughout the trip, students will be exposed to multiple cultures, languages, social situations and contradicting viewpoints, which will naturally bolster their soft skills such as communication, intercultural learning ability, collaboration and adaptability.
Your group will be part of Girl Impact, a pioneering project that addresses the needs of girls between the ages of 10 and 18 in underprivileged African communities. Run collaboratively by the Happy Africa Foundation and African Impact, Girl Impact supports girls during this crucial developmental period when a girl’s future potential and opportunities can flourish through education and social support – or be stifled by the irreversible effects of child marriage, early pregnancy, HIV and other preventable hardships.
Through the six identified pillars, this program initiates sustainable solutions to gender-based inequalities. Research has shown that women and girls over the age of 16 who earn an income, reinvest up to 90% of it back into their families and communities, versus men, who only reinvest up to 40%. Furthermore, girls who have a basic education are three times less likely to contract HIV. Every additional year of primary school education boosts girls’ income potential by 10 – 20%, and just one year of secondary school can double this.
- WEEK 1
Your first week will give you a full immersion into your location and the subject in context for a strong foundation to catalyze the right mindset for applying your empirical knowledge in practice.
Group reflections will support the challenging shift in mindset and embrace a new frame of reference.
- WEEK 2
In week two, you will implement your existing knowledge in practical situations, giving you the opportunity to invoke deeper understandings of the subject matter, and of cultural norms, which informs it.
- WEEK 3
Your final week will be dedicated to refining and presenting your key findings in the form of a report and journal entries to describe intercultural learnings.
Available February to November
- Participants will be collected from the airport upon arrival and transferred to base
- Accommodation on base will be simple, but comfortable shared rooms with communal ablutions
- All meals for the duration of the project, with the exception of free days will be provided
- Any transport required for program activities will be provided
- Participants will be transferred back to the airport for their departure