DUT EXTENDS HAND OF GIVING
Written by: Shanice Pillay and Venal Naidu
The act of giving never goes off trend.
The Durban University of Technology’s Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) Community Project extended its helping hand to the Open Air School Hostel in Glenwood.
Lecturer of Communication and Arts and Design Appreciation in the ECP Liza du Plessis, said that giving back to the community is part of the students’ syllabus as it is something that is carried out annually.
“The students are put into groups and this year they are working with the Open Air School. We also worked with them last year and made murals,” said du Plessis.
Du Plessis added that students have been painting canvases and will be sending reupholstered and varnished chairs to the school.
“The students learn that with the skills they are learning in the program, they can uplift communities,” concluded du Plessis.
The initiative sees students who are equipped with skills from art, jewellery, graphic design, interior design and photography coming together to create a master piece.
One of the ECP students, Thiara Arjunan (19), hopes that other youth will become more involved.
“I think it’s a great course to see all the ECP students who are not in first year coming together and helping out in community projects. Hopefully, other youth will do the same,” said Arjunan.
Students have been divided into groups of six and each tasked to design a painting for that specific room They have also been tasked to refurbish chairs for the hostel.
Nokwanda Sithole (27) was reluctant to engage with the project. However, the results have changed her outlook.
“At first I didn’t think it will have an outcome but seeing an improvement it got exciting and now that we are done I just have that overwhelming feeling,” said Sithole.
The programme will hand over their assignments on Thursday to the hostel.
*Caption: Students from the Arts Extended Curriculum Programme sand paper chairs.