This virtual exchange program is an exploration of culture, community, identity politics, and social justice in the context of Zimbabwe. Students will examine the country’s colonial history and investigate the impact(s) it has had on the evolution of Zimbabwean society. They will be acquainted with Zimbabwe’s leading social issues, as well as the social justice movements formed in response. Students will study concepts such as individualism and collectivism, giving them the tools to comparatively discuss pertinent social issues on a more global scale. In addition, students will get to know the country, its people, and their culture(s) through a number of culturally immersive activities, and engagements with local community members.
By the end of this program, students should be able to:
- Develop a broad understanding of the historical context within which Zimbabwean culture has evolved
- Understand colonial legacy and its impact on local society today
- Articulate knowledge of Zimbabwean culture and how it is similar to many cultures in Africa and around the world
- Contrast the outlook and worldview of those living in highly collectivistic societies with those from highly individualistic ones with particular focus on politics, justice, development, and gender equality
- Examine social justice issues in a post-colonial context
- Propose appropriate remedies or interventions aimed at addressing identified social justice issues
- Demonstrate intercultural communication skills, attitudes and values in daily interactions
This program is guided by EDU Africa’s five transformative learning goals: Intercultural Competence, Global Citizenship, Personal Growth, Intellectual Growth, and Professional Development. As such, students will be encouraged towards holistic growth in line with these goal areas throughout the program.
Through both synchronous and asynchronous methods, students will explore, experience, and engage with the following:
- Interactive workshop – How our history has shaped Zimbabwe’s cultural scene
- Virtual marketplace challenge
- Interactive session with Dr Gertjan on the concept of Ubuntu Lecture
- Interactive Q&A: The effect of collectivism on agricultural development
- Facilitated discussion: Individualism and Collectivism in a globalized society
- Interactive Q&A: What does social justice look like in your country?
- Panel discussion: Cultural gender expectations and gender equality
- Panel discussion: SDG goal of gender equality. What does gender equality look like for everyone?
- Student presentations: Identify one social justice issue in Zimbabwe and propose a remedy given the context on history and culture
- Virtual site visits to Hatcliffe Community, Chiweshe Rural Community, Foundations for Farming
Our team works collaboratively with faculty to curate and deliver quality programs. Your dedicated Program Manager will assist with program development and arrangements, supporting and advising you along the way. Your assigned Program Facilitator will be able to assist with session facilitation, lead reflections, and support participants on their learning journey. Finally, our Technical Support Team is available to set up and ensure the smooth running of virtual sessions.
We thrive on innovation and collaboration with our team members, local partners, and global clients. All our Virtual Exchange programs can be customized according to specific learning outcomes, the preferred time commitment, and accessible platforms. We believe every virtual journey with us to Africa gives students the opportunity to learn and transform. Request a proposal to start the collaborative journey.