The Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria welcomed the third cohort of master’s students on the LLM/MPhil Disability Rights in Africa (DRIA) programme during an orientation week (Week Zero) which was held from 3 to 4 March 2023.
The two-year programme, which is the first master’s programme on disability rights from a human rights perspective in Africa, was first introduced in 2018. It adopts a hybrid learning approach consisting of online learning and residential block weeks at the University of Pretoria. This year, ten students from several African countries including Botswana, Cameroon, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Zambia and Zimbabwe, are enrolled on the programme.
The orientation was held in a hybrid format with some students attending virtually via zoom, and others attending physically at the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. During Week Zero, the students were introduced to the University and its various platforms such as ClickUP, the online learning platform utilised throughout the programme, and to the electronic library resources available through the University of Pretoria’s library. The students were also introduced to the skills required to succeed on a postgraduate course, including PULP style guidelines, academic writing, avoiding plagiarism, and how proofreadin a text. They also received advice on how to succeed in an online course from an e-learning expert. The students will undertake the course for the next two years and are expected to graduate in December 2024.
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