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Researching teachers’ role in peace-building

MONUMENTAL: Some of the presenters at the Public Seminar on Education, Teachers and Social Cohesion, which was organized by CITE Director Prof Yusuf Sayed (right)

One of the largest teacher education studies in history kicked off at CPUT recently.

The Centre for International Teacher Education (CITE) launched the initiative with a seminar on Education, Teacher and Social Cohesion at Mowbray Campus where research teams from participating universities from across the globe presented.

Led by Prof Yusuf Sayed, director of the CPUT-based CITE and also SARCHI Research Chair in Teacher Education, explained that the proposed study is entitled, “Engaging teachers in peace-building in post-conflict contexts: Evaluating Education interventions in South Africa, Pakistan & Rwanda.”

Funded by UNICEF and the ESRC/DFID Poverty Alleviation Fund the study is a research collaboration between CITE and the UK-based universities of Sussex and Bristol, University of Rwanda, Department of Basic Education and UNICEF.

Its overarching aim is to identify elements of education policy interventions that have enabled teachers to become active agents of peace-building in post-conflict countries, and that may inform future interventions.

In each of the three countries three research sites will be selected where the interventions are or were implemented in the capital city, a rural area and an urban location.

During the seminar Sayed unpacked the perceived roles of teachers in the South African context and discussed various dimensions on which the research will focus.

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