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Prof-Raisuyah Associate Professor: Prof Raisuyah Bhagwan
Tel: 031 373 2197
Email: bhagwanR@dut.ac.za
Campus: Ritson Campus

Bio: 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.


 fathima dewan Lecturer: Ms Fathima Dewan
Te: 031 373 2238
Email: fathimad@dut.ac.za
Campus: Ritson Campus

Bio: Fathima Dewan currently completing her PHD in Management Sciences – Public Management. She 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.


jackie Lecturer: Ms Jackie Winfield
Te: 031 373 2834
Email: jackiew@dut.ac.za
Campus: Ritson Campus

Bio: 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.


mirriam Lecturer: Ms Mirriam Siluma
Te: 031 373 2908
Email: nomashodos@dut.ac.za
Campus: Ritson Campus

Bio: 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.


Thobile Hlengwa Lecturer: Ms Thobile Hlengwa
Tel: 031 373 2664
Fax: 031 373 2249
Email: thobileh@dut.ac.za
Location: DG1303
Campus: Ritson Campus
Qualification(s): BTech: Child and Youth Development, Honours Degree: Social Development & Masters Degree: Education (Higher Education).

Bio: 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 obtained her Masters in Education (Higher Education) from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. 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 CYC lecturer.

Courses Currently Teaching: Semester One:
Child and Youth care 1 A – Code CCWA 101
Child and Youth care 2 A – Code CCWA 201
Child and Youth Care 3 A – Code CCWA 301
Child and Youth care 4 A – Code CCWA 401

Research and Innovation focus: Thobile’s interest is in the alignment of Child and youth care related theories, models and approaches taught in class to Child and youth care practice in the field. In short, the relevance of child and youth care curriculum to the needs of child and youth care field of practice.


Charlene Singh Lecturer: Mrs Charlene Singh
Tel: 031 373 2670
Email: singhc@dut.ac.za
Campus: Ritson Campus
Qualification(s): Masters Degree: Public Administration

Bio: Lecturer in the Child and Youth Care Programme since 2008. Prior to this, I completed my BTech Degree in Child and Youth Care in 2002 and went on to work in several child and youth care settings in KZN and Gauteng as both a child and youth care worker and a child and youth care manager. I also sat as a committee member on the Lakehaven Residential Committee for 2 years and made contributions to the operations of the Facility. Currently, I am part of the local organizing committee of the National Association for Child and Youth Care Workers world conference. I have completed my Masters Degree in Public Administration at DUT.

Courses Currently Teaching: Bachelor Degree: Behaviour Management 3
Bachelor Degree: Child and Youth Care Work with Families and Communities
BTech Degree: Child and Youth Care Administration and Management

Research and Innovation focus: Positive peer mentoring in higher education.
Spirituality in child and youth care workers and child and youth care students.