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Mar 2020

ELRC for Covid-19 Update

2020-03-30T21:58:55+02:00Mar 26th, 2020|Team news, Uncategorized|

Dear Colleagues and Partners
We wish to inform you that as per the national lockdown requirements for the COVID-19 in South Africa (from 26 March to 17 April 2020), that all Rhodes University Environmental Learning Research Centre staff and scholars will be working remotely until further notice. The ELRC buildings on the Rhodes University campus will, therefore, be closed. Should you have any queries, please contact Samantha Abdul on s.abdul@ru.ac.za who will forward your message to the relevant person.

Curriculum review – Fort Cox Agricultural and Forestry Training Institute

2020-03-26T22:56:45+02:00Mar 26th, 2020|Team news, Uncategorized|

Curriculum review – Fort Cox Agricultural and Forestry Training Institute In January the VET Africa 4.0 team participated in the consultative curriculum review symposium at Fort Cox Agriculture and Forestry Training Institute (FCAFTI).  FCAFT is a vocational training institute which majors in four agricultural specialty areas namely Crop Production, Animal Production, Agribusiness, and Forestry offered mostly at diploma level (NQF level 6). In keeping with its curricula related policies, FCAFTI is required to conduct extensive consultations with industry stakeholders whenever curricula are developed, reviewed or updated. As such, FCAFTI is obliged to update its curricula on a yearly basis and review them every five years. The updating and review processes serve to ensure that the curricula remain relevant and responsive to the ever changing trends in the agricultural industry.  The purpose of the consultative symposium was to review curricula of the existing diploma programmes for Crop Production and Agribusiness, while at the same time help in developing a curriculum for a proposed advanced diploma programme. While consultation would have been conducted only with local stakeholders from the industry, organisers of the event sought to take advantage of a scheduled VET4.0 visit to South Africa which had potential to introduce [...]

VET Africa 4.0 Writing Retreat, Kenton-on-Sea, February 2-4

2020-03-07T09:40:45+02:00Mar 7th, 2020|Team news, Uncategorized|

VET Africa 4.0 Writing Retreat, Kenton-on-Sea, February 2-4  After incredible visits to Fort Cox, Fort Hare and Rhodes (other news articles to follow) with the wider VET Africa Collective, a smaller group of us spent time in the idyllic surroundings of Kenton-on-Sea, to plan future conference papers, journal articles and a project book. View to the ocean from writing retreat venue, Kenton-on-Sea As a team, we are committed to ensuring that we generate high quality outputs; that our texts are accessible as possible in cost terms; and that all members of the team have the opportunity to present at conferences and co-author journal articles. As a result of our planning, we have six conference abstracts already submitted for events this year, and several further planned. Team members are planning to be at the conferences of the Development Studies Association in Birmingham in June https://www.devstud.org.uk/conferences/2020/; the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa in Makhanda in July (hosted by the VET Africa 4.0 team at Rhodes)  https://eeasa.org.za/eeasa-2020/; the European Conference on Education Research in Glasgow in August https://eera-ecer.de/ecer-2020-glasgow/; and the British Association for International and Comparative Education in Edinburgh in September https://baice.ac.uk/baice-conference-2020/.  We expect to publish at least 6 papers from [...]

Registration is open! EEASA2020 UNESCO ESD2030 Africa Launch

2020-03-04T13:45:41+02:00Mar 4th, 2020|Academic Papers, Team news|

The Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa in collaboration with UNESCO Regional Office of Southern Africa is happy to announce that Registration is now open!           We invite you to submit your abstract under the following sub-themes: Transformations informal education settings and systems: Higher Education, Secondary and Primary Education, Technical and Vocational Education and Training, and Early Childhood Education Transformations at the intersection and interface of formal and informal education Influences of Science, Technology and Culture on Education Transformations towards Sustainability Social justice, de-coloniality and Education Transformations towards Sustainability Just transitioning, green skills and new learning landscapes and learning pathways Including the excluded: Social learning towards sustainability: communities, local government and multiple stakeholders Transgressive, transformative learning and other pedagogical innovations New meaning(s) for educational quality and relevance Generative and co-engaged research methodologies for transformative change Kindly note that there is a maximum capacity for 300 delegates. Placement is secured on payment of registration invoice. We look forward to welcoming you to Rhodes University, Makhanda! https://eeasa.org.za/eeasa-2020/

Jan 2020

Gulu Round table and website training

2020-01-17T10:35:11+02:00Jan 17th, 2020|Team news|

  The Gulu case round table meeting The round table meeting was held at Bomah Hotel on the 28/11/2019. This was the first round table organised by the VET Africa 4.0 project Gulu case of Gulu University, seeking to explore current and future sustainable possibilities regarding VET that can reduce inequality and enhance sustainability in Africa. The meeting was graced by 12 stakeholders from various institutions. The achieved objective of the round table was to map out key stakeholders, their network, interconnections and their influence so as to facilitate the data collection as the project is entering the first round activities of data collection. The event was opened by Professor George Openjuru Ladaah the Co-Principal investigator in the project and the Vice Chancellor of Gulu University. In his opening remarks he stressed the VET challenges as being a gap between what is happening and what is being funded, and employment not being aligned to skills.He stressed the importance of building a strong and unified VET for the future of the region and the country. After a brief introduction to the research objectives and the goals of the day by David Ocan, one of the facilitators and researchers in the Gulu [...]

Dec 2019

VET Africa 4.0 team participate in the first South African National Doctoral Research workshop on VET

2019-12-05T10:02:51+02:00Dec 5th, 2019|Team news|

From November 20-22, Simon and Presha were at the University of the Western Cape to support more than 25 postgraduate researchers as they talked about their studies. The numbers at the event represent a step change in support to VET research in South Africa. This is more than the total number of doctoral graduates in the field in the last decade. As well as providing feedback on individual student's research with Presha and the others, Simon presented a half-day session on writing for VET journals. Presha and Simon are pictured here with REAL students

Nov 2019

PAR Workshop in Gulu,Uganda

2019-12-05T10:07:50+02:00Nov 18th, 2019|Team news|

The Gulu project team in Uganda organized a one week workshop with a focus on Participatory Action Research (PAR) from 14-18 October 2019 under UNESCO Chair Youth and Work. The workshop took place at Well Springs Hotel located in senior quarters a quiet suburb in Gulu District. The chair holder Prof. Jacques Zeelen from the University of Groningen was at the center of the workshop for the entire week and always leading by example in every activity. The participants in the workshop were very diverse, ranging from organizations, institutions and individuals who were looking to better their research skills particularly in the field of PAR. VET Africa 4.0 team from Hoima were also part of the training and our very own Dr. Joanna Russon came all the way from UK. One of the group's having a discussion The success of the workshop was largely attributed to the amazing facilitators whose experience in varying fields added something special to the workshop. Upon interactions after the workshop, most participants testified to having gotten more than what they expected from the intense one week workshop. Most also do look forward to putting what they learnt into practice at their different levels. [...]

Oct 2019

UKFIET conference blog goes live

2019-10-20T18:22:29+02:00Oct 16th, 2019|Team news|

Our blog for the UKFIET conference goes live! Members of the VET Africa 4.0 project team recently wrote a blog about our presentation at the 2019 UKFIET Conference.  Our presentation is entitled: “The Limits of VET Inclusion in Africa: Critical Reflections from South Africa and Uganda”  You can see the blog post here: https://www.ukfiet.org/2019/the-limits-of-vet-inclusion-in-africa-the-vet-africa-4-0-project/, and a copy of the presentation slides are available in the Resources section: http://www.vetafrica4-0.com/resources/presentations/.

Jul 2019

Prof Steph Allais delivers the keynote speech to open the JVET Conference

2019-10-20T18:24:21+02:00Jul 15th, 2019|Team news|

On 31st June 2019, Professor Steph Allais delivered the keynote speech at the Journal of Vocational Education Conference (JVET) in Oxford UK. Her presentation was entitled ‘TVET in African countries: Why is systemic reform so hard?’ Steph is one of the lead researchers in the South African VET Africa 4.0 project team. It was great to see African research on vocational education featured so prominently at this year’s JVET conference.