What is Social Literacy?
Social Literacy is the toolkit to engage and understand different cultural identities and social experiences,
in order to move towards a state of inclusion.
The Social Literacy Conversation (SLC) started as a response to the growing dialogues around inequality in South Africa. The recent protests at tertiary institutions across the country (Rhodes Must Fall & Fees Must Fall) sparked increased interrogation and action across many spheres of our society. It has become clear that there is a need to have honest, meaningful and open conversations within our schools, corporates and institutions. The overall aim of the SLC is to create environments where a variety of lived experiences can feel comfortable, be heard, and perform to the best of their abilities.
Who we are
We are young and dynamic individuals from diverse backgrounds. We studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT) during a time of intense student discontent in the country, and have had a long- standing interest in unpacking the complexity inherent in post-Apartheid South Africa. We are grounded in the discipline of Social Anthropology, and the social sciences in general.
Litha Sokutu has an Honours degree in Media, Theory and Practice and a Masters in Social Anthropology. During his postgraduate studies, he developed significant skills through tutoring undergraduate students. Litha also has corporate work experience. He has a passion for critical engagement with social complexity inherent in post-apartheid South Africa.
We are thus well suited to provide fresh and valuable perspectives on the current socio-political climate, and to use these perspectives to empower schools and corporates to become increasingly socially and culturally literate.
Dylan Campbell has an Honours degree in Social Anthropology and a Masters in City and Regional Planning. He has experience in community building and teamwork workshop facilitation through his involvement in various NGOs around Cape Town. During his postgraduate studies, he developed significant skills through tutoring undergraduate students. Dylan also has experience working in local government. He is passionate about moving valuable academic knowledge beyond the ‘ivory tower’.