Decolonisation in Practice: The University of Victoria Releases its First Indigenous Plan

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We read much in the news of higher education around the world about decolonisation.  We have heard of the struggles in South Africa where political apartheid was ended, but epistemic apartheid was not. We have heard of the debates about taking down the statues of colonial figures at universities such as Oxford.  Perhaps less is […]

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Preparing Global Citizens

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“Universities have abandoned their previous commitment to educating future citizens. In this world where globalisation of indifference is growing, universities must prepare their students as citizens who practice and value freedom, equality and solidarity,” said Dr Frederico Mayor, former Director-General of UNESCO, in Barcelona on September 19, 2017. Pic 1: Dr Frederico Mayor, Former Director-General […]

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Higher Education and the Right to Learn

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Thoughts on International Literacy Day, September 8, 2017 The ability to read and write has never been of more importance than it is now.  The digital age means that there are more cell phones in the world than there are people.  Smart phones, laptops and desktop computers have connected a staggering among of information vital […]

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Engaged Universities Embrace Diversity

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Over the past year, university campuses around the world have witnessed conflicts and tensions being played out in the larger society around them. Anti-colonial struggles in independent South Africa have found echo on campuses in #RhodesNoMore. Afro-descendants in Colombia, Mexico & Brasil have been struggling to gain visibility and identity in their ‘white-European’ majority world, […]

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Cartagena 2017: Mecca of Participatory Action Research?

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Both of us made a pilgrimage to Cartagena for the Action Research of the America’s conference and the First Global Assembly of Knowledge Democracy, June 12-17, 2017. For Budd it was a third visit to Cartagena having been there for Orlando Fals Borda’s first time 1977. The 1977 event was billed as the first international […]

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Epistemic Justice & Knowledge Democracy

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Continuing the Cartagena Journey Colombian sociologist Orlando Fals Borda had convened the first dialogue on Action Research in Cartagena Colombia in April 1977. Nearly 130 delegates attended the four days of dialogue. Budd Hall, UNESCO Co-chair & Normando Suares were there. Prof Budd Hall Prof Normando Suares Orlando chose this part of Colombia because of […]

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Take Risk, Engage with Peace

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Opportunities for Universities in Colombia “I do not know if I can make this commitment? My family and my university may not support such engagement?” “This is a historic opportunity to contribute to creation of a new Colombian society; universities must come forward to engage.” Such ambivalences and dilemmas were expressed by dozens of academics […]

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Towards Social & Epistemic Justice

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Community engagement in universities has typically been narrowly defined to imply service learning by students. Engagement in teaching and research has been rarely institutionalized in most Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Recognising engagement as a value to address social and epistemic injustice, therefore, is an unknown. Durban University of Technology and Rhodes University organized a South […]

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Mulembe Mutinze Cuusansi – The Great Turning: Confluence 2017 “Exceeds Expectations”

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The Mpambo African Multiversity in partnership with the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research, Inclusion Press and the Victoria International Development Association (VIDEA) concluded a week’s events called Confluence 2017 with the installation of the Saaba Kabona (the highest spiritual leader) Jumba Aligaweza of Tondism on May 24, 2017 in ceremonies held in the sacred […]

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Is there a Canadian Approach to Knowledge Democracy?

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C2UExpo, Vancouver, May 1-5, 2017 Elder Margaret George of the Squamish First Nation and President Andrew Petter of Simon Fraser University Opening C2UExpo on May 2, 2017 The C2UExpo (Community Campus University Exposition) is ending today, May 5th, 2017. It is the 7th of these Canadian organised spaces where knowledge workers in communities, colleges and […]

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