Planned Projects for 2013-2017

Mobilizing communities of KZN for full participation in planned symposia and training workshops:
The initiative seeks to mobilize and raise awareness of over 150 000 people (religious leaders, students, community leaders, political leaders, civil society activists, traditional leaders, business leaders and academics) over the 5 year period. About 15 NGOs will be closely involved in the initiative. Community activists will mobilize communities to be involved in advocacy on issues around good governance within their religious communities and the South African society at large. Approximately 23 Libraries will be involved in the exhibition project of this program. 

Theological reflection focusing on norms, values, principles and ethics in the leadership contexts  

The program offers training related to Theology and Democracy that is aimed at empowering religious leaders in this area to participate in the building of democracy both in the church and in society. Understanding that participation from the perspectives of Maxeke, Dube, Mandela, Garvey and Tutu means that we place greater significance on what is seen as peripheral, rather than what is seen as the center; this builds on the conviction of liberation theology with regard to God’s preferential option for the poor and marginalized. J L Dube used arguments from the Bible to address issued linked to the marginalized and excluded people. Garvey based his perspectives on an Afro-centric philosophical approach to the concerns of people who are oppressed because of their ethnicity. However, Tutu emphasized that there will be no peace in any nation without justice for all.
Underlying the work of the RGAWP are the basic principles that all people are created in God’s image (Imago-Dei), therefore they are capable of being partners with God in the ongoing act of creation and ensuring that life is lived to the full by all. This is a way of educating and empowering people of faith to participate in the building of democracy and good governance.
Capacity building/ Training for community leaders based on the John Dube principles to contribute to good governance:
The planned capacity building’s core pillars include principles of good governance, principles of good leadership, and principles of good management as they relate to advocacy for transformation to have good communities equipped for sustainable development. Capacity building also covers issues of religion and Traditional African forms of governance, social analysis and theological reflection on good governance.

Research and simplifying the research before disseminating it to communities  

We will do research on the lives of these people which we call heroes, so that we can bring their legacy to the attention of the contemporary church leaders so that they can inspire them in their quest to address political issues. The researched stories will be recorded, included in the seminars, compiled into cassettes and DVDs so that that they can be made accessible to as many people as possible during the proposed national exhibit days. The information will be used for archives, will be used in the memorial lectures with the aim of promoting awareness and increased dialogue and interest in issues relating to religion and governance in South Africa and the role that was played by these leaders and other African heroes.
Formation of a Scholarship Fund which will offer 20 Scholarships annually (Master’s Degree and PhD Degree):
Scholarships for 20 students covering 2 levels of University education (Master’s and Ph D levels) will be an essential resource to support this often neglected area of study. African scholars often do not have scholarship to pursue this important area of studies. This initiative largely depends on political commitment of government power structures for support. As the initiative takes root, business community will be invited to contribute to the proposed scholarship fund. The importance of forming a scholarship fund for students focusing on African scholarship focusing on unsung African Heroes is self-evident.

Capacity building workshops for community leaders

The training of community activists who will be part of mobilizing the communities to be involved in education, political awareness and advocacy on issues around good governance will take place targeting at least 100 community leaders per year for a period of 5 years. This means that by the end of the 5 years period we would have trained 500 religious, community and political leaders.



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