UNDERPRIVILEGED SCHOOLS GET AN INSIGHT OF ARCHITECTURE
By: Dale Munatswa
University of KwaZulu-Natal students taking part in the International Union of Architects 2014 took an initiative to expose underprivileged schools to the architecture profession in an exciting program at the International Convention Centre on Tuesday.
The community outreach programme saw many schools from remote parts of Durban such as Ndwedwe converge at the ICC to engage with architects and students in the field.
Host Nompumelelo Kubheka said that the community outreach programme aimed at effectively introducing architecture as a profession to areas where it had not reached. She described the programme as an ongoing process to create awareness of the profession in all parts of the country.
“We are working with the Department of Education to introduce Architecture as a career choice amongst other disciplines exposed to schools in remote areas,” said Kubheka.
The program involved a session in which each school had to draw, design and model a representation of what their community resembles. Volunteer architecture students from UKZN sat down in groups with the different schools present and helped them mauled their ideas
Chisimo Phiri an architecture student lecturer at UKZN said that the program was important in giving the students a dipper understanding of what architecture is all about. He gave a reflection to the outcome of the program.
“Some of them seem very keen and excited to learn. They are very capable and have potential. Basically we are trying to teach them that architecture has nothing to do with the ability to draw and they are coming from underprivileged schools so they needed this,” said Phiri.
Among the schools in attendance was Nqakathe Secondary School and Sisebenzile Secondary School from Ndwedwe and Nonhlevu Secondary School from Stanger.
Sanele Nhlapho, a grade twelve student from Nonhlevu Secondary School expressed enthusiasm to architecture. He said his passion for the profession was amplified by the program.
“Now I understand it better from the way it was explained to us. I had always wanted to be an architect but now my passion has grown bigger,” said Nhlapho.
The models to be produced in the community outreach program will be exhibited at the UIA 2014.