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CSC Alumni South Africa Advocacy Workshop

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10:00 - 13:30

British Council South Africa

In March 2019, the British Council in South Africa hosted a round-table discussion on the issue of access to international scholarship opportunities for South African students, with a focus on previously marginalised groups. Commonwealth Alumni who attended felt there was a need for more promotional work to raise awareness about Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships and diversify the pool of applicants in South Africa.

On behalf of the CSC, on the 28 March 2020, the British Council will host an advocacy workshop for South African Commonwealth Alumni. The workshop will be held at the British Council office in Johannesburg. This workshop will be the first in a series, with a plan to repeat the session in Cape Town to include alumni based in the Western Cape province. The workshop aims to build the capacity of alumni to work together to promote Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships in South Africa and use this as a shared objective and catalyst to build an alumni association.

The advocacy workshop is designed to give alumni a platform to engage with the nominating agency, the Department of Higher Education and Training-DHET, responsible for coordinating the selection process for Commonwealth Scholarships locally, and will end with a “call to action” for alumni to volunteer to start engaging in planned promotional work, individually and in groups, to share their stories, raise awareness of Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships available to South Africans, and encourage and guide students who are interested in applying. Alumni will also discuss the role they could play in engaging the decision makers in future. This advocacy/awareness raising work will contribute to facilitating access to international scholarships in South Africa and diversifying the pool of applicants.

Workshop objectives:
1. To give alumni a platform to consider the role they could play in promoting Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships to diverse groups of South African students
2. To explore the concept of “advocacy” as well as different advocacy styles and approaches
3. To enable alumni with an interest in the topic to develop practical plans of action
4. To welcome back recently returned Scholars and provide a platform for alumni to network

Outline of the programme

1. 10:00-10:30- Welcome and networking
2. 10:30-10:40-Introductions and workshop expectations (Facilitator)
3. 10:40-10:50- Background and purpose of the workshop (British Council)
4. 10:50-11:00-Nominating agency remarks (Overview of selection process, profile of previous scholar cohorts, challenges etc.
4. 11:00-11:20- What is advocacy? Concepts, approaches, different types etc. (Facilitator)
5. 11:20-11:30- Small groups exercise- What role can alumni play using an advocacy approach (Facilitator)
6. 11:30-11:45- Tea break
7. 11:45-12:15- Small groups exercise- Developing an Advocacy Strategy (Facilitator)
8. 12:15-12:30-Groups feedback/presentations- Plan of Action (Alumni)
9. 12:30-12:40- Call to action and next steps- (British Council)
10. 12:40-13:00- Recap and review of the workshop (Facilitator)
11. 13:00-13:30- Lunch and closing

If you are a Commonwealth Alumnus living in Johannesburg or Pretoria and would like to attend this event, please
contact Missey Marowa,

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