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Knowledge for Change Southern Hub

Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE) is the South African Southern Hub of the UNESCO Knowledge for Change (K4C) Global Consortium. The UNESCO K4C Consortium is an international partnered education initiative with a key focus on developing individual and institutional research capacities for the co-creation of knowledge on issues related to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established during the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Knowledge for Change (K4C) Consortium is an initiative of the UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, under the joint directions of Dr. Budd Hall (University of Victoria, Canada) and Dr. Rajesh Tandon (PRIA, India). A variety of local training hubs have been created under the K4C Consortium to design and conduct educational programs in order to develop research capacities for the co-creation of knowledge through collective action by practitioners, community-based researchers, community groups and academics. Each local hub is made up of at least a higher education institution (HEI) and a civil society organization (CSO) collaborating on strengthening individual research capacities and professional skills using a variety of teaching methods. Following a cascade training model, the K4C Consortium has developed a 21-week Mentor Training Program (MTP) based on online learning activities, a two-week face-to-face learning workshop, and a field work component to be carried out locally under the guidance of a local supervisor. The mentors trained under the supervision of the UNESCO Co-Chairs will be given a certificate under the joint seal of the UNESCO Chair CBR-SR, PRIA International Academy (PIA) and the University of Victoria (UVic). Upon successful completion of the MTP, the certified mentors are expected to play a key role in the development of the local hub, including the creation of teaching curriculum and pedagogy, and the development of research capacities in the local/regional hubs. The MTP will be offered through UVic Continuing Studies five times over 2018-2020 to build capacities for 100+ K4C mentors.

K4C will train next generation of mentors and leaders in Community Based Research (CBR) to a global standard developed by UNESCO Chair on CBR around the world, especially in global south and excluded north.


About the UNESCO Knowledge for Change Consortium

The UNESCO Knowledge for Change (K4C) Consortium is an integral part of The Rhodes University Engaged Research Programme. The university is the South African Southern Hub of the Consortium. The consortium embodies the university's commitment to collaboration and leveraging knowledge as a catalyst for positive societal change. The Knowledge for Change Consortium is a network of organizations, institutions, researchers and advocates who share a common goal to  harness the power of knowledge for transformative impact.


University Capacity Development Programme (UCDP)

K4C Engaged Research is funded by the University Capacity Development Programme (UCDP), a Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) funded program to support student, staff, and curriculum development.

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