North meets South in Gaborone
North meets South in Gaborone
On 28 and 29 of November, MIET Africa hosted the last two of the days of the final inter-country meeting of the North/South Cooperation: Teaching for Inclusion and Democracy Project, which was held in in Gaborone, Botswana. This initiative is a collaboration between Stockholm University in the North, and Botswana, Namibia and South Africa in the South. Each of the southern country teams are represented by their Ministry of Education, a university and an NGO. Over the past three years, North and South have collaborated on research on democratic and inclusive approaches to learning. This research is intended to inform both pre– and in-service teacher education in Inclusive Education.

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.

Collaborating for inclusion and democracy – North meets South
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