My initial interest in South Africa emerged from the enthusiastic stories that my childhood best friend told me about the place where she was born. Today, I am 23 and I am still intrigued by the country and the challenges it faces. At the moment I am conducting my master studies Social and Cultural Anthropology at the VU in Amsterdam. Through my thesis supervisor, I came in contact with Laetitia, who told me about the Father Involvement Challenge.
Father Involvement Challenge
What appealed to me about the Father Involvement Challenge, is that we are actively working with the locals, asking them for their ideas and perspectives. One of the things I have learned so far through my studies, is how valuable it is to look at challenges through local practices. Taking the culture and narratives of the people in the community in consideration and adjusting our approach to what they are telling us.
What also speaks to me, is the positive feeling the entire 7Senses Challenge gives. Already by looking at the discourse, the project description. We do not talk about father absence, but we say father involvement. We do not see it as a problem, but consider it to be a challenge. This makes me enthusiastic and matches the positive manner in which I try to approach things. Through the Father-Involvement Challenge I hope to gain more knowledge about how to conduct research, work together with local researchers and gain a better understanding of other cultures. I am looking forward to the upcoming months of collaboration, where we will undoubtedly learn a lot from the people in Hammanskraal.