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ERIC Number: EJ1211180
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0973-8827
Enhancing Mutual Appreciation among Students in a Rural-Based Institution of Higher Learning: The Role of Buddy Programme
Iwara, Ishmael Obaeko
Journal on Educational Psychology, v12 n3 p24-33 Nov 2018-Jan 2019
Many countries have successfully used mutual educational and cultural exchange programmes to promote unity. South Africa has adopted similar approach as a social vehicle for influencing mutual appreciation. This study has documented students perception on the role of Buddy programme towards unity at the University of Venda using a survey design. It also profiled the potential benefits of the programme. A qualitative approach where data was collected from 20 focus groups of 10 participants each was used. Analysis was done using Atlas-ti version 8. Findings indicate that as the programme provides space and time for students to exchange cultural ideas, such as arts, food, languages, sports, and history, they have integrated and learnt how to accept each other. They have teams made up of students of different cultural backgrounds who collaborate, and network with each other. The result further stressed the need for the programme to be organised often. Discourse on xenophobia, racism, tribalism, and stereotypes should be enhanced in these events. A framework in line with the findings of the study was recommended.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa