One Voice South Africa, Indigo Skate Camp, the Valley
CCMS also maintains links with other health and development organisations, including OneVoice South Africa, Indigo Skate Camp, the Valley Trust, and the JHHESA Brothers for Life campaign. OneVoice South Africa focuses on educating young people about HIV/AIDS, gender relations and general life skills. In 2010, three students from CCMS ‘contributed’ to the work of OneVoice, by conducting research on their projects which in turn feeds back into the development of community engagement projects. As with the other organisations
Similarly, three CCMS Honours students completed their projects on the Indigo Skate Camp initiative, investigating how the Camp uses skateboarding to uplift the community it serves and empowers them through sport. Brothers for Life, a campaign managed by JHHESA to encourage men to play a role in preventing HIV, was another project that CCMS students were involved with, as two Honours students engaged in reception analyses of the Brothers for Life posters. The Valley Trust also a JHHESA-funded organisation partners with CCMS to connect CCMS students with real live experiences of people living in rural settings. Each year the entire Honours class for the Communication for Participatory Development module goes on a field-trip to the Valley Trust to observe the various health and educational projects. The idea is for students to have a hands on experience of the social and cultural dynamics of traditional medicines in HIV prevention by having discussions with the sangoma and traditional leaders.
- The annual field trip for honours students will continue in 2011, giving students an opportunity to link their research with practice.
- Students through their research will also contribute to the development of male circumcision materials, the Scrutinize campaign and the Brothers for Life project.
- Students are also able to challenge the cultural practices in these rural settings against what they learn through textbooks and discover through interpretivist research