From the 12 to 14 June 2023, the Centre for Shared Education (CSE) hosted visiting professors from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Dr Leslie Van Rooi, Senior Director for Social Impact and Transformation, Dr Therese Fish Vice Dean of Clinical Services and Social Impact at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and Professor Aslam Fataar, Department of Education Policy Studies and Research & Development Professor attached to the Stellenbosch University's Transformation Office, presented a seminar entitled, “Lost memories and a lost space: memorialisation of the historic Hardekraaltjie cemetery”. The seminar explored Stellenbosch University’s role in community restitution regarding the cemetery, which was desecrated during apartheid, and is located on the Stellenbosch University site.
While visiting CSE, Drs van Rooi and Fish and Prof Fataar also had the opportunity to observe and engage with activities related to shared education and community development in interface areas in Belfast. Queen’s Communities and Place (QCAP) supported CSE by hosting the delegation and presenting on a transformative project led by QCAP in the Markets area of Belfast. This included a site visit to the Markets community to understand how the community is collaborating with Queen’s to promote regeneration. Later, the delegation observed shared education activities between collaborating primary schools in East Belfast. Youth workers from Education Authority, principals and teachers from Nettlefields and St Matthew’s Primary schools were available to answer questions on the model for shared education, and how it functions in the schools system and within their particular partnership. To round off the visit, the SA delegation, hosted by Professor Maria Lohan, met with colleagues from Nursing and Midwifery to explore Queen’s connections with Stellenbosch in the area of Health Sciences.