Project Zulu is a UWE Bristol based charity supporting educational development in the Madadeni Township, South Africa. The charity was started by Senior Education Lecturer, Ben Knight, drawing on links with the township dating back to his own teacher training in the 1990s.
Now a Senior Lecturer at UWE Bristol he offers the opportunity for Initial Teacher Education students to travel to the township, live with host families and volunteer in Project Zulu's six partner schools during their summer holidays.
The trainees provide valuable learning experiences for pupils and staff at the Madadeni schools by introducing new learning approaches and resources. In return the trainees are able to put their newly acquired skills into action. Teaching with limited resources and facing language barriers they learn to adapt their techniques, thinking on their feet and honing their professional judgement. See what the UWE Bristol trainees have to say about their recent experience in Madadeni:
Project Zulu also runs a schools tag rugby programme in Madadeni and in 2016 a range of environmental and engineering projects relating to physical infrastructure and water quality will also begin in our partner schools.