Festival to ignite social change

Author and psychologist Noa Belling will be speaking about mindfulness and social change on Friday May 24 at the Festival of Learning, at 10.15am.

The South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) will host its Festival of Learning on Thursday May 23 and Friday May 24 at its Claremont campus.

This year’s theme is “Education for social change”.

The festival brings together researchers, academics, experts, thought leaders, practitioners and authors to share ideas and programmes that are helping communities.

Festival-goers and presenters take part in various talks and discussions.

“This year we are taking a broad and inclusive view of education for social change,” said SACAP managing director, Zerina Royeppen.

“Social change starts with education that empowers the individual; and the change agents facilitating that learning are not just teachers and lecturers, but also coaches and mentors, counsellors and psychologists.

“The 2019 presentations will include raising awareness and consciousness; learning that impacts on individual behavioural change, strengthens families and inspires community action; as well as the accounts of ground-breaking educational initiatives in formal settings.”

Last year, the festival introduced The Human Library to festival-goers, and in 2019 a new selection of “human books” will be presented.

This concept involves volunteers who face prejudice, stereotyping and stigma; or who have endured life-changing experiences that are hard to talk about.

They tell their stories and the audience is encouraged to pose difficult questions and commentary to create dialogue.

The festival at the SACAP campus, 1st Floor Sunclare building, 21 Dreyer Street, Claremont, takes place from 5.30pm to 8.30pm on Thursday May 23 and from 9am to 5pm on Friday May 24. The Human Library takes place from 11am to 3pm on Friday.

Tickets cost R250 for the full-day programme and R200 for the short-talk evening programme. There is a special offer for students at R80 a ticket. Book through Webtickets.