South Africa is a country that celebrates diversity - there’s a reason it’s called the Rainbow Nation, after all. It’s a country of eleven official languages - but the University of the Western Cape was founded to provide instruction in just one language.
Sixty years later, UWC empowers learners, researchers and educators in their mother tongues, from Afrikaans to isiZulu, and everything in between.
“The majority of South Africans are multilingual, and multilingualism is a hallmark of being African,” says Professor Tyrone Pretorius, UWC’s Rector and Vice-Chancellor.
“As a University, we are supportive of the promotion of mother tongue education and multilingualism at UWC and beyond, despite the tough economic times and financial constraints that the Higher Education sector finds itself in.”
Here are just five ways UWC is empowering students to employ their mother tongues: