MUT hosts Africa Day webinar to discuss food security, education and marginalisation

Press release statement

Submitted by: The Department of Marketing & Communications

Via email: Hlophe@mut.ac.za

 

25 May 2022

MUT hosts Africa Day webinar to discuss food security, education and marginalisation

 

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) will host the Africa Day (26 May) webinar to interrogate the marginalisation of Africa as part of the University’s Africa Month celebration. The webinar will focus on a variety of ways in which Africa has been marginalised.

The webinar, which will take a form of a roundtable discussion, will feature three speakers: Professor Jane lloanya from the Department of Education and Language Skills at Botho University in Botswana; Dr Godson Gatsha, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Services at Botswana Open Air University; and Dr Xolile Mkhize, Lecturer in the Department of Community Extension at MUT.

Dr Gatsha’s paper will be on: The Marginalised Indigenous Peoples of Africa – downtrodden or has the agenda changed; Professor Iloanya’s paper will focus on Infusing Africanness in our teacher education programmes; and Dr Mkhize’s paper will focus on: The marginalised indigenous nutrition value of Africa.

The notable inclusion of nutrition as one of the ways in which Africa is marginalised is important to highlight, especially since 2022 is regarded as the “Year of Nutrition”. Just last Friday, the United Nations highlighted food insecurity as a problem that continues to loom large over Africa, and some other parts of the globe.

MUT, like every other universities, has taken up this task of reminding people that food scarcity is a problem, and that indigenous African foods are still the best to consider for better health. These foods are readily available to most people, in urban and rural areas. Most of these are easy to plant and to care for.

“It is time to reflect as the African continent at large on the richness, wholesomeness, and the nutritional denseness of our food right from our own soil. Our African food is packed with many memories, stemming up from childhood to adulthood, and celebrations. Our African food is renowned for its great taste and unique flavour. Our indigenous foods have many nutritional benefits for our bodies and can improve our health,” said Dr Mkhize.

Dr Mkhize said that as we celebrate Africa Month, it is time to remember to preserve this heritage that comes from the African soil by not neglecting it in our diets.

“Come with us and enrich our MUT community for the next few weeks by capturing your most favourite African food moment with us as we share these experiences in our social media platform let’s preserve our heritage,” said Dr Mkhize.

Dr Gatsha is no stranger to farming and agriculture. The well-travelled Dr Gatsha practices what he preaches. Dr Gatsha practices subsistence indigenous farming.  Dr Gatsha rears small numbers of indigenous cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, and grows vegetables for subsistence. He also engages in seasonal dryland cultivation and has plans underway for urban vertical agriculture. Dr Gatsha’s paper will look at whether the agenda has changed for the marginalised indigenous people.

Professor Iloanya’s paper will help the audience navigate the question of how to infuse Africanness in teacher education programmes. This is an important topic for South Africa as the country continues to look for new ways to improve the quality of basic education.

 

Details of the webinar are as follows:

Theme: The marginalization of Africa

Date: 25 May 2022

Time: 12h00 – 13h00

Platform: Microsoft Teams | MUT Radio