Education for Liberation
The mission of Khanya College is to provide education which is relevant to the needs of historically oppressed communities, to contribute to the strengthening of community based organisations, trade unions and non-governmental organisations, to contribute to a process of social change and development, and to operate democratically, accountably and efficiently.
The College is committed to serving organisations and individuals from working class and poor communities. The College is politically non-sectarian in its relationships with the various organisations from the communities it serves. Over the many years of its work with mass organisations the College's main constituencies are the emerging social movements in town and country, trade unions, community based organisations, student and youth organisations, churches and ecumenical organisations, cooperatives, and non-governmental organisations. Khanya College services constituencies and organisations all over South Africa, in Southern Africa as well as other parts of the world.
Core activities of Khanya College
All the activities of the College are orientated towards supporting and building the social justice movement in South Africa and beyond. In order to realise its mission and to serve its core constituencies Khanya College engages in various kinds of activities. These include education and training workshops, seminars, research, publications, campaigns, organising, and the provision of support infrastructure for the social movements. In the course of all these activities the College pursues four core objectives:
- To build the theoretical, analytical and conceptual capacity of activists to enhance their understanding of the world in which they live and act
- To enhance their organisational and mobilisation skills to improve their ability to organise for social change
- To promote an ethos and practice of solidarity and social justice among activists, and
- To enhance the sensitivity of the activists to gender issues and gender equality in the movement, in their lives and in their work of social mobilisation.
The work of Khanya College is organised into 11 programmes:
- The Gender and Women’s Empowerment Programme
- The Strategy Centre for the Theory and Practice of Social Movements
- The Centre for Labour Education and Organising
- The Khanya Working Class History Programme
- The Southern Africa and Solidarity Centre, which incorporates the Annual Winter School
- The Khanya College Annual Winter School
- The Khanya Journal and Publishing Programme
- The ICTs and Community Empowerment Programme
- The Institute for Research, Publishing & Education
- The Resources for Movements Programme, and
- The College Coordination Office and Finance Administration Programme
From the point of view of the College these programmes are merely for purposes of organising and giving structure to the work of the College, and secondarily for making accountability to donors manageable. All the programmes contribute, in a coordinated manner, to the realisation of the mission of the College.
College Coordination Office and Finance Administration Programme
For an institution of the size of Khanya College and the complexity of its programme structure, the coordination of its various programmes, projects and activities is crucial if it is to realise its social justice mission. The work of this programme is organized into thee main projects:
- Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Project
- Financial Literacy and Accountability Project
- Resource mobilisation and financial accountability project
1. Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Project
A major challenge that faces Khanya College is to ensure that its various programmes, projects and activities are properly planned, are strategically coherent and integrated. The College must also ensure that the implementation of projects is monitored – both from the point of view of deliverables and that of meeting project objectives within the overall strategic objectives and mission of the College.
The objectives of the Project are to:
- Develop and implement a PME system for the College
- Develop strategic and operational plans using the PME system
- Investigate, develop and implement a PME system
- Regular project, programme, staff and Board meetings
- Regular reports internally and to constituency and donor partners
2. Financial Literacy and Accountability Project
Khanya College works with a number of community based organisations and activists. Many of these organisations have to handle their own internal funds, funds from Khanya, as well as from donors. The social movements face the challenges of managing these funds and reporting to donors, as well as fund raising.
The Financial Literacy and Accountability Project aims at providing training on basic financial management, financial reporting, and various accounting software for social movements through workshops which focus on financial management training as well as on resource mobilisation strategies. A long-term aim of this project is to develop financial management software for social movements.
3. Resource mobilisation and financial accountability project
Khanya faces the challenges of mobilising resources for its various activities, and of ensuring that it has resources to sustain the institution in the long term. The College also faces the challenge of ensuring efficient use of our resources, as well as accountability to our donor partners.
The central aims of this project are to raise funds for the College’s various activities and as develop a resources mobilisation and sustainability strategy. In conjunction with the activities of the Financial Literacy and Accountability Project it aims at developing and implementing financial accountability and reporting systems for the College. The project also produces financial and audit reports for donors and social partners.