The main purpose of the meeting was to afford the opportunity to the country teams to present their case study research. It was a major achievement that, despite the research teams being comprised mainly of full-time university lecturers, all had completed their reports and could share them at the meeting.
After the presentations, the remainder of the two days was spent evaluating the success of the project, and what its impact has been in the various countries. Participants’ comments ranged from “a better understanding of inclusion …”, “a reconceptualization of current teacher education programmes for an inclusive education system”, to “gained new insights into the complexities of IE implementation and teachers as enactors”.
The collaboration through this project has resulted in a strong North-South partnership, as well as enhanced cooperation among the Southern African countries. Throughout the week in Botswana, it was evident that there is a strong commitment to continuing this cooperation, and many concrete suggestions for possible future collaboration were mooted.