Milpark Education honours the Rise Against Hunger Africa non-profit organisation

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Milpark Education honours the Rise Against Hunger Africa non-profit organisation


Milpark Education honoured the Rise Against Hunger Africa, formerly Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, non-profit organisation with a R140 000 donation towards its work in eradicating child hunger and educating people about the irreversible effects of child malnutrition.

The prize-giving event was held on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, to mark Nelson Mandela Day at the institution’s Melville campus in Johannesburg. The event is a result of corporate social responsibility projects completed by students as part of the MBA Social Responsibility and Environmental Management (SREM) module. The module examines the social, ethical and environmental issues faced by both business and organisations, providing business leaders with a theoretically underpinned analytical perspective of corporate social responsibility and enabling them to critically assess related issues.

Dr Cobus Oosthuizen, Dean of Milpark Business School, said: “By receiving this award today, you have demonstrated not only your mastery of the theoretical underpinning of these issues but most importantly, the practical application, which is commendable. We endeavour to weave these threads throughout the MBA programme because we argue that it needs to permeate the thinking, reasoning and acting of a contemporary manager.” He added: “We take the matter very seriously, and we are delighted when students demonstrate the application of these principles in practice.”

Students have to engage with a registered charity organisation of their choice and investigate its background. In a presentation, they have to recommend why the selected charity should be supported as part of a corporate social responsibility strategy. They are then required to provide a comprehensive motivation of their support initiative. Subsequently, the winning group’s charity receives a prize from Milpark Education.

Saira Khan, Rise Against Hunger Africa chief executive officer said the honour from Milpark Education was unexpected: “It’s a great and noble gesture from the institution and it has made our work that much more pertinent because it came on Mandela Day. We conduct meal packaging events with volunteers because it is important to engage as many people as possible in the effort to eradicate hunger. Our events also serve as a platform to educate people about hunger, what they can do about it, and to inspire them to take further action.”

21 Jul 2017