As an organisation with human dignity and social justice at its core, Cornerstone aims to promote and contribute to important conversations around human rights through advocacy, lobbying and research. One of the ways in which we do this is with our monthly Critical Dialogue series.
The series started in 2017 and traditionally takes the form of physical events including book launches, panel discussions, interactive workshops, exhibitions and local film screenings – all of which aim to stimulate public debate that moves society forward. Since COVID hit the nation, and lockdowns were imposed, the Critical Dialogues have, like many others, moved into an online space.
In 2020, we hosted monthly virtual panel discussions, an art and music show, and a hybrid-model 3-day event in November, comprising of workshops, masterclasses and presentations on a range of topics under the broad theme of “Leadership as a mechanism of Reclaiming our futures”.
Throughout the year, we unpacked a range of issues that crept to the fore as COVID-19 shone a light on many of societies cracks, which we had become so used to ignoring.
Some of these topics included; Internet Access as a Human Right, Food Security in South Africa, Reimagining Education & workforce requirements for 21st century Africa, Activism: Then & Now, and The Impact of COVID-19 on Private Higher Education.
The 2021 calendar has been planned and laid out, and while some details may change closer to the time – as we monitor COVID protocols and keep our community safe, we invite you to diarise the below and to take part in these discussions.
Alternatively, get a prompt straight into your inbox by signing up for our Critical Dialogue mailing list. Simply CLICK HERE to sign up.
The rest of the details; time, date and venue will be communicated at the appropriate date and time. Watch this space!
For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 448 0050.
Between a rock and a hard place: Navigating the complex terrain of student debt in South Africa.
It’s just over a month since students at multiple universities marked the beginning of the 2021 academic year by protesting against financial exclusion and calling for a national shutdown. Such protests have become an annual event. One that often results in short-term victories for students, without solving the intractable issue of higher education funding in South Africa.Read more 29 April 2021
Sport & Art for Community Development.06 May 2021
Plans for the future: How young people see economic recovery in South Africa.
Commemorate Youth Month As we commemorate Youth Month and honour the young people of 1976 who laid down their lives, fighting for freedom and the right to equal education, we also reflect on the challenges faced by the current youth of South Africa. A declining economy with record high unemployment numbers, and all of this during one of the most tumultuous times in human history. ... Tune in on our Facebook page or YouTube channel on 17 June 2021, at 7pm.Read more 17 June 2021