Critical Dialogue Programmes
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 2015 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.
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The rest of the details; time, date and venue will be communicated at the appropriate date and time. Watch this space!
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Mental Health Awareness in South Africa
According to the World Health Organization and World Economic Forum, mental illness is the largest economic burden the world carries today. Ninety percent of people in developing countries such as South Africa go without any form of treatment. The stigma of mental illness and a lack of mental health awareness worsen already existing mental health issues.Read more 28 October 2021
THE SCIENCE, POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
“The people who are currently in power and responsible for making important decisions will not likely be alive in 20 – 30 years when the worst effects of the current rate of climate change will be felt. Therefore, they don’t have as much to lose from continuing to make bad decisions. By the time we inherit political and strategic power on this planet, it will be too late to make changes.”Read more 21 October 2021
Taking the Pulse of Education & Higher Learning in South Africa & Worldwide
The Covid-19 Pandemic has caused intense disruption across all societies and particularly in the space of Higher Learning, where it has widened already existing social and economic gaps. In the second edition of the Cornerstone Critical Dialogues on Bush Radio 89.5FM this coming Thursday evening, we will be “Taking the Pulse of Higher Education in South Africa and Worldwide” with a panel of distinguished guests, including Professor Ahmed Bawa Chief Executive Officer, Universities South Africa (USAF), Professor Loretta Feris, Professor of Law at UCT, Professor Driekie Hay-Swemmer, Executive Director in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, CPUT, and Professor Martin Oosthuizen, CEO, Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC).Read more 14 October 2021
Fed Up With Being Afraid - Tackling Gender Based Violence In South Africa
In the year 2019/2020 the South African Police Service recorded 53 776 sexual offences, with 42 664 of these being rape cases. While the final figures for 2021 are yet to be released, we know that many incidents remain undocumented, unreported and unaccounted for within national statistics.Read more 11 August 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