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South African university leader to speak about post-Apartheid educational reforms

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The South African education system has seen major changes in the years since the end of that country's systematic discrimination against its black citizens.

Ahmed Bawa, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Natal at Durban, has been on the cutting edge of that change as a leader of a previously whites-only university. He will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Friday, Sept. 18 about "Education as the Key to Democracy in the New South Africa." The program begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, and is open to the public.

Bawa is visiting Iowa City as a participant in the United States Information Agency's International Visitor Program. In nominating him for the program, officials at the American embassy in Pretoria wrote, "Local university authorities consider Professor Bawa to be the best manager of university education in the province of Kwazulu-Natal, and he is well-positioned, academically and politically, to influence national policy and the implementation of the democratic process in South Africa's educational system."

Bawa's lecture to the ICFRC is a "soup seminar" with soup, salad, and bread from the New Pioneer Co-op. Reservations are $4.50 for ICFRC members and $5.50 for non-members and guests and must be received in the ICFRC office by Wednesday, Sept. 16. Checks may be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by telephone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Monday, Sept. 21, following the noon news.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.