The HRDD project was an adult education and development intervention in rural KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), South Africa.
Case study methodology in exploring the HRDD project
In 2009, the author who was employed by the university partner of the project, conducted an in-depth, qualitative study of the HRDD project study covering the first seven years of its existence, from 1999 until 2005 (John, 2009).
An initial interview focussed on the educator and his/her life history while a second interview, a week later, focussed on the educator's understanding and experience of the HRDD project.
This history of violence in KwaZulu-Natal and its present day effects featured significantly in the narratives of all seven educators in the study's sample, and have thus been identified by these educators as a significant frame for viewing the HRDD project.
A further significant feature identified by educators in the HRDD project was that of growing up and living in a strong patriarchy.
Cosmos' story, a story which was not untypical of the educators who participated in the study, demonstrates how his early life experiences and his context frames his HRDD practice and how he makes meaning of his practice.
Cosmos said that the HRDD work brings "small money" and some recognition in the community.