Heartbreakingly, and in stark contrast to our inclusive IIE MSA campus, South Africa has in the past few weeks faced a national issue in the form of negative sentiment and xenophobic attacks upon citizens of other nations. The recent xenophobic incidents against people of different nationalities is a serious concern for the country at large.

In order to address the issue and show ongoing support of a truly diverse and inclusive campus, IIE MSA students together with the staff and academics embarked on a Solidarity March on campus to celebrate diversity and the unique nationalities that make up “A United IIE MSA for a United Africa”. In addition to the march, the students and staff hosted an emotional and thought provoking Open Mic session allowing both students and staff a platform to speak out freely on the subject matter and express their views on xenophobia within Africa.

IIE MSA President and Academic President Professor Alwyn Louw said before the march: “We have to commit ourselves that we’re going to leave here today and live the ideals of respect, freedom, transparency, and tolerance. This is our responsibility. We are committed to make sure that our academic programmes and what we offer as an institution will allow people to be prepared for a world in which they can go and make this contribution. IIE MSA stands for respect, tolerance, multiculturalism; to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to access those broader opportunities that exist in society. We will not tolerate discrimination of any nature on campus and will continue to promote a safe and welcoming campus.’ ?#?NoToXenophobia

The IIE MSA campus,  a campus of  The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) is dedicated to supporting South Africa and the continent to meet its diverse economic and educational needs by producing graduates that lead the change and advance themselves and their environment to shape industry, society and the future.