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Experiments in Democratic Planning & Design - Solar system design for community garden Ekasi Project Green

After a meeting between the Alternative Energy Popular Education Programme and the eKasi Project Green collective members at Vuzamanzi Primary school, in Khayelitsha - South Africa, a preliminary plan was drafted to implement a basic solar system to electrify a small garden shed, a security/safety light and a number of cosmetic lights for the area for use in night time events.

Workshop Attendees: Lonwabo Mfengnza, Simon Rakei, Linda Nyabongo, Emmanuel Namanya,
Thabang Bhili, Ru Slayen, Sisa Ntshwaqela, Aviwe Macothoza, Anthony Fry, Abonga Tom, Brian
Kamanzi (Facilitator), Siphe Rawe, Bonani Joni, Loyiso Hulushe, Sivenathi Lange, Luyanda Xayimpi

The workshop and subsequent Design review meetings attempted to make use of critical pedagogical practices to experiment on a democratic planning and design process attempting to hold a balance between the tension for the need for "specialised knowledge" and broad based participation. 

Session curriculum, brainstorming documentation and design review: Filled in Workbook 

Blank workbook for open use: Empty workbook 

[This work was prepared for as one of the three programmes under the "Student consciousness" project run under the Center for Policy and Depvelopment (CEPD) facilitated by Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training (CIPSET) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan university.]

Lesson's From Ghana's Akosombo Dam - Big infrastructure, National Independence, Energy & Development

The following resource pack consists of a framing essay, a link to the documentary "Black Power - The Kwame Nkrumah Story", along with a set of accompanying texts compiled in a reader used to accompany and stimulate discussion and inquiry on across context lessons. The recourse pack, used to present sessions at the University of Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, provides historical and material context for debates around "decolonisation" from the indepence period and focuses on Nkrumah's determination to develop Ghana into a modern industrial giant through a large infrastructure project, the Gand Volta hydroelectric dam. The tale of Ghana's indepence and the capitulation of Nkrumah's version of African socialism is told through the tale of the construction of the dam itself. This documentary therefore provides us with a useful basis to have a conversation across interest groups and disciplines around the attempted emancipatory projects of yesteryear and their pitfalls in the hope of contributing towards a reflection on today and some momentum for change for tomorrow.

 

 

Framing Essay linking to South African context: What can 1960s Ghana teach South Africa today?

Video Link: Black Power: The Kwame Nkrumah Story

Supplementary Reading Pack for Documentary screening : Lesson's from Akosombo Dam Reading Pack

1. Address by Kwame Nkrumah at the Inauguration of the Volta Dam Project

 

2. Akosombo, dams & Gender: Dams and Development - A new framework for decision making

 

3. Akosombo, dams & Land: Dams and Development - A new framework for decision making

 

4. Pitfalls of National Consciousness chapter excerpt from The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

 

[This work was prepared for as one of the three programmes under the "Student consciousness" project run under the Center for Policy and Depvelopment (CEPD) facilitated by Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training (CIPSET) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan university.]

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