The University of Fort Hare, has positioned itself as an African institution committed to teaching and research with the aim of contributing to the advancement of knowledge that is socially and ethically relevant, applying this knowledge to the holistic development of humanity nationally and internally as we live by our vision whereby “we seek to be a world-class Southern African Faculty of Education, preparing 21st century educators who are critical, creative problem-solvers, initiators and leaders in education” (UFH, Faculty of Education, Prospectus, 2015). In 2006, the School of General and Continuing Education (SGCE) was formed, embracing the then, School of Initial Teacher Education, School of In-service training and the School of Postgraduate studies. The triad of Schools was fused into one School, namely SGCE, EL campus lead by the Faculty of Education.
SGCE, EL campus offers relevant, innovative and future oriented pre-service, in-service and postgraduate programmes that we as academics proud ourselves. Our main focus is in presenting teaching and learning excellence in both rural and urban contexts as these contexts present the fabric of our student community. It is within this context of blending rural and urban education for trainee teachers that shapes the richness of preparing our students as competent teachers in a democratic South Africa, as citizens responding to take up their rightful place in the teaching profession, particularly in the province of the Eastern Cape.
Our pre-service programme is a BEd (GET) programme; in-service ACE, NPDE and BEd F & I; postgraduate programmes are the PGCE (GET); BEd (Hons), MEd (dissertation) and PhD (thesis). At postgraduate level we conduct “research projects grounded in the South African experience; publishing in nationally and internationally recognized publications” (UFH, Faculty of Education, Prospectus, 2015).