Khoza Mhojo Centre For Social Justice And Transformation
Who is Khoza Mgojo?
An initiative of the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary, the Centre is named after the late educator, fearless anti-apartheid activist and Methodist minister, Rev Dr Khoza Elliot Mvuyise Mgojo. A dynamic and forceful person, Dr Mgojo understood his ministry from both theological and social perspectives. He left behind a powerful legacy in the definition of what Christian ministry is about. At the heart of that legacy is an unflinching commitment to the cause of justice for the poor and marginalised as a logical consequence of one’s faith in Jesus Christ. A champion of the cause of the poor and the vulnerable, he was anti status quo and sought to dismantle structures which perpetuate injustice.
The vision of the Khoza Mgojo Centre is to become a locus for knowledge production and dissemination as a means to produce tangible social change in communities.
The Khoza Mgojo Centre comprises the Ubunye Programme for Reconciliation and Humanitarianism, Zwiliwa Programme for Food Security and Mission and the Chaplaincy Programme. Additionally, it houses the seminary’s Work-Integrated Learning Programme. The motivation for establishing the centre is to introduce students to social justice issues so that they become advocates of change on issues of a social justice nature in their churches, congregations and societies.
The Centre’s programmes are aimed at bringing peace and acceptance to marginalised peoples and empowering people to lift themselves out of poverty.
The major strength of the Centre’s programmes is that they combine both theory and praxis. The learning programmes of the Centre are aligned with the learning and teaching programme of the seminary so that the activities of the Centre are part and parcel of the overall academic programme of the institution.
Ubunye Programme for Reconciliation and Humanitarianism
The Ubunye Programme for Reconciliation and Humanitarianism has four areas of emphasis, namely, Gender and Human sexuality; Xenophobia and Migration; Ethnicity and Tribalism; and Racism and Race Relations.
To equip leaders of church, academia and community to facilitate community reconciliation and humanitarianism
The objectives of the Ubunye Programme for Reconciliation and Humanitarianism are:
- To produce academic and public knowledge on issues of Race, Ethnicity, Xenophobia, Gender and Sexuality with the aim of creating social cohesion among the diverse peoples of Southern Africa
- To disseminate the produced knowledge on academic and public platforms
- To facilitate practical community engagements to promote social cohesion pertaining to the four key programme areas
- To critically engage theological, biblical and cultural contributors to social disharmony and social cohesion
Zwiliwa Programme for Food Security and Mission
To equip the church with the knowledge and skills to empower communities to address the challenges of food security and poverty through replicable and sustainable food production projects
The objectives of the Zwiliwa Programme for Food Security and Mission are:
- To train seminarians in practical skills for small-scale, sustainable food production and the applicable knowledge for implementing ecumenically-oriented projects in real world situations
- To train seminarians to train community members to begin and maintain small-scale food production projects
- To expose seminarians to the modes of larger-scale food production projects through participation in existing initiative by partner organisations
- To expose seminarians to the broader theological and social/developmental issues relating to food security and sovereignty
- To train church and community members in models of sustainable food production
- To promote and contribute towards the production and dissemination of theological knowledge on issues of food security and sovereignty
- To promote and contribute towards the production and dissemination of social development knowledge on issues of food security and sovereignty
- To conscientise and encourage churches to be involved in food security and sovereignty issues