Living and Learning Community
Living and learning communities are designed to create communities of students within the residences whose motives will contribute tothe learning experience of residence students and life skills required for successful employment. Students could be linked in terms of academic programmes, hobbies or personal interests.
Students would be expected to partake in experiential activities and development programmes togrow their interests and knowledge while compiling evidence of what has been achieved i.e. smallprojects, debates, reports and portfolios.
The major reason for being at university is to develop and prepare for a career. There is a huge study centre and a computer lab situated for students' convenience within the residence complexon South Campus. The lab has 20 computers and students have access to the Internet and email. Thereare lab demonstrators who are readily available to assist students who have little or no knowledge of computers.
Various life skill programmes are presented to students at residences who want to empower their own knowledge andunderstanding. Programmesareoffered by qualified facilitators and include learning skills, wellness programmes, goal setting, study strategies, time management, leadershipetc.
Each year House Committee Members (student leaders) are elected through a fully-fledged election process.A house committee member plays a key role in creating an environment that is conducive to academic, personal and social growth for students.Theyare given extensive training to assist students in res. A house committee member is also a friend, resource, mentor, role model and community leader in their hall.
The mentoring programme is a way of assisting students to integrate themselves academically and socially as well as coping with the transition and demands of university life. Mentors are suitably qualified studentswho make themselves available through a selection process for the programme.
The role of a mentor is to guide and facilitate a less experienced person to achieve growth and reach their potential. It is about helping the new students to learn from their experiences. It is a supportive, friendly, caring and structured relationship that focuses on the needs of the mentored student and is based on encouragement, constructive comments, openness, mutual trust, respect and a willingness to learn and share.