NYU Steinhardt News

Steinhardt Students Fund Portable Water Initiative for Youth in Pretoria, South Africa

The water tank painted by members of the local community in celebration of its installation and to commemorate the collaborative experience with NYU students.This summer a group of ten NYU graduate students participated in Steinhardt’s South Africa: Educational and Social Reform program in Durban and Pretoria, South Africa. Students in the course, led by Teboho Moja, Clinical Professor and Program Director of Higher and Postsecondary Education, examine the policies and realities of post-apartheid education reform.  Participants engage students and educators in many different types of communities giving them a unique look into South African life and culture.

On July 18, 2018, students joined South Africans in Mandela Day activities honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela through their own efforts to bring about enduring change for the public good.  The students visited Youth Survival, a community organization helping survivors of abuse and other underserved populations. In honor of Mandela’s 67 years fighting apartheid, people were asked to volunteer 67 minutes of community service. During the visit, the community center had identified a desperate need for a water tank. Clean, potable water is essential to maintaining the gardens where they harvest vegetables for their food pantry. After meeting with Youth for Survival, the NYU graduate students self-organized and collected the funds to donate a water tank to the facility.  The water tank has been installed and was painted by members of the local community to commemorate the collaborative learning that took place.