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Prof Raisuyah Bhagwan
 
Raisuyah Bhagwan is an Associate Professor in the Child and Youth Care Program. She teaches research methodology and has been actively involved in supervising B. Tech students who are planning potential post-graduate research studies. She also teaches Applied Development to B. Tech students and is conversant particularly with creative therapeutic modalities such as art, music, dance and poetry therapy. Prof Bhagwan is also an active researcher who publishes widely in spiritually based healing approaches. She is also involved in a joint international partnership with Prof Sheridan from the Catholic University of America.  

Ms Fathima Dewan
 
Fathima Dewan has been a lecturer in the Child and Youth Care programme for the past fifteen years. She was the programme coordinator from June 2008 to April 2013. She has a Btech in Child and Youth Development and a Masters in Education (higher education) from UKZN which she obtained in 2008.Her research focused on active learning strategies in the classroom. She was the programme’s community engagement project coordinator (Ukuba Nesibindi Educare) in Warwick from 2006 until April 2013.  

Ms Jackie Winfield
 
After completing a Bachelor of Social Science degree, Jackie was employed as a CYC worker in a residential programme for five years. From 1993, she worked for the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW), and became involved in education and training. During this time, she completed her BA Honours (Psychology). Since 2001, Jackie has been employed as a CYC lecturer at DUT and was Head of Department from 2005 until 2008. She served on the Standards Generating Body for CYC, was elected onto the first Professional Board for Child and Youth Care, and writes regularly for the journal, Child and Youth Care Work.  

Ms Thobile Hlengwa
 
Thobile has practiced child and youth care in various residential settings from 1991-1998. During this period she obtained a certificate in Child Care through UNISA. She co-ordinated the Siyakhula Life Centre Project for young people who are abusing substances from 1999 to 2002. In 2002 she obtained a Diploma in Child and Youth Care form the then Technikon SA (TSA). Thobile became a trainer for the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW). She is registered as an assessor with the Health and welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSETA). In 2004 she obtained a B Tech Degree in Child and Youth development at the then Durban Institute of Technology (DIT). She was then employed as a part time lecturer from 2004- 2007. She obtained her Honours degree in Social Development from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She served as Deputy Chair person in the Regional Executive committee for NACCW from 2009-2010. In 2011 – 2012 she participated in this organisation as a coordinator for the CYC practitioner’s forum. Since 2007, Thobile has been employed as a Junior CYC lecturer.  

Ms Mirriam Siluma
 
Child & Youth Development Specialist, Mirriam Siluma has vast experience in the field of Child and Youth Care. She is a Child and Youth Care lecturer. She is recognized for her direct work with young people, supervision, management, teaching and curriculum development in this field. Mirriam holds a BSC (Microbiology) and Master of Technology (Child and Youth Care) degree both from UNISA. She is registered with the HWSETA as a moderator and assessor. Mirriam advocates for the professionalization of Child and Youth Care Work. She served on the Standards Generating Body for Child and Youth Care and is presently a member of the second Professional Board for Child and Youth Care. She has presented at different youth work and child and youth care conferences.  

Ms Charlene Singh
 
Charlene has been employed in the Child and Youth Care Programme as a Lecturer since 2008. She is also in charge of first year applicant selections. Charlene completed her B Tech degree in Child and Youth Development in 2002 and thereafter worked in residential centres for 4 (four) years as both a Child and Youth Care worker and as a Child and Youth Care Manager.  

Ms Jennifer Maphanga
 
Jennifer is a former CYC student and has graduated with a B – Tech in Child and Youth Development. Currently works as the Programme’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Programm coordinator. She also coordinates the Child and Youth Care programme’s community engagement project (Ukuba Nesibindi Educare).  

Ms Subashnee Govender
 
Subashnee Govender graduated with Diploma in Child and Youth Development in 2010. She worked at SANCA rehabilitation centre for 2 years whilst doing the B Tech in Child and Youth Development. Graduated in 2013 and is currently working at DUT as a Skills training lecturer.  

Ms Mandisa Ngidi
 
Mandisa Ngidi pursued her higher education at the Durban University of Technology where she obtained her B – Tech degree in Child and Youth Development. She has worked at Lake Haven Children’s home as a Child and Youth Care Worker and is currently working in the Child and Youth Care Programme as the Computer Lab Assistant.  

Ms Seshnum Harilal
 
Seshnum Harilal is a research assistant to Prof. R. Bhagwan. She liaises with the Child and Youth Care B – Tech students and does the administrative work regarding Research. Seshnum has obtained her B – Tech Degree in Child and Youth Development and has worked as the coordinator for the programme’s community engagement project (HADCA) Howick West at the Pietermaritzburg primary health sector.