Keynote Speakers.

Professor Relebohile Moletsane

(JL Dube Chair in Rural Education, UKZN)

Title: Productive Nostalgia: An African perspective on values-based education

Relebohile Moletsane is Professor and the JL Dube Chair in Rural Education in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. As part of her Chair in rural education, she works in South African rural schools and communities, focusing on poverty alleviation, HIV & AIDS, gender inequality and gender-based violence as barriers to education and development. Moletsane’s current projects focus on engaging rural schools and communities in addressing sexual violence with girls and young women. As part of this, she is co-PI with Claudia Mitchell, of an IPaSS grant: Networks for change and well-being: Girl-led ‘from the ground up’ approaches to addressing sexual violence in Canada and South Africa. She is co-editor (with Claudia Mitchell) of the 2018 book, Disrupting Shameful Legacies: Girls and Young Women Speak Back Through the Arts to Address Sexual Violence. Rotterdam: Brill/Sense Publishers; and the 2021 Ethical Practice in Participatory Visual Research with Girls (with Wiebesiek, Treffry-Goately, & Mandrona) published by Berghahn Books (New York; Oxford).

Dr Garth Japhet

CEO, Heartlines

Title: Like Water is to Fish – the role of stories in wellbeing

Garth Japhet is medical doctor and the founding CEO of Heartlines. Heartlines is an NGO that initiates research-based campaigns that use story to tackle society’s big issues such as reconciliation and father absence. The basis for these campaigns are feature films and TV dramas, which are complemented by resources to equip workers in workplaces, schools, correctional facilities, churches and NGOs.

In 1992, he co-founded the internationally acclaimed Soul City a multimedia edutainment project which addresses variety of health issues. It has reached over 50-million people in ten southern African countries through TV and radio drama series, written resources, community mobilisation and advocacy initiatives. He was CEO for 17 years

Garth is a Schwab fellow of the World Economic Forum (WEF), a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and Senior Ashoka Fellow. He has received the global Everett Rogers Award for contribution to Entertainment Education.
Garth is married to Jayne and they have two children Rebecca and Leigh

Dr Professor Timothy Dubé

Université Sherbrooke

Title: Cultivating roots: Communities as contexts for education

Tim Dubé is an Assistant Professor, Health Professions Education in Université de Sherbrooke’s Department of Family and Emergency Medicine (Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada). Trained in rural and northern health research (PhD), his research program focuses on educational transformations and social accountability in health. His research program aims to advance understanding of how educational approaches prepare future socially accountable health professionals who will have a positive impact on society and meet the health needs of the individuals and communities they serve.

Dr-Vic-McKinney CLIC 20221 Keynote speaker

Dr Vic McKinney

Jacqui Couper Clic speaker

Jacqui Couper

Title: Collaboration in Clay

Dr Vic McKinney is an academic lecturer/researcher, disability activist and artist living in Cape Town. Vic became a quadriplegic paralysed from the shoulders down as a result of an accident in 1987, when he was a first year fine art student at Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town (UCT). He uses a chin-controlled, motorised wheelchair to get around. Since 1990, he has been involved in disability and community development projects from grassroots to parliamentary level. He joined the inaugural M.Phil in Disability Studies programme at UCT in 2003, and after completing it went on to do a Ph.D in Disability Studies, graduating in 2016. Vic has presented across many platforms and disciplines and lectures predominantly in the area of health and rehabilitation at UCT. He is passionate about the empowerment of persons with disabilities, including the education of all students and professionals in the topic of disability. He is currently involved with research teams at Stellenbosch University and University of Johannesburg exploring the impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities. He is also is a member of the SA Presidential Working Group on Disability and a board member of two local disabled people’s organizations. Vic is married to Emma, who is also an academic researcher and lecturer and they have two sons, aged six and ten. In his spare time, Vic likes to spend time with his family and he also enjoys painting, which he does by holding a brush in his mouth.

Jacqui Couper is an occupational therapist with diverse work experiences. She worked in a rural area, near Kosi Bay, at Manguzi Hospital. During this time, she completed her Masters on “The prevalence of children with disabilities less than nine years in the Manguzi sub district”. This led to a focus on early intervention as a clinical interest. ‘The Precious Years’ book, published by Penguin Random Struik in 2016 grew from the stories and experiences gained working with babies and parents in private practice. Jacqui started working with clay 20 years ago and pottery has remained a past time passion. Jacqui currently lives in Cape Town and is involved with clinical practice, mentoring, teaching and learning with midlevel workers and health workers. See website Jacqui is married to Ian, and they have three sons and a daughter.