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Exploring the cracks in our knowledge systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and emphasised many of the inequities in our current knowledge systems, but it has also provided an opportunity to reflect on what could be improved, as Maha Bali, Chalani Ranwala, Joy Kiiru and Jon Harle discuss.

Picture of people involved in the DAP project.

“Finding the figures we need”: supporting data use for SDGs at the Parliament of Ghana

Agnes Titriku of ACEPA shares recent progress on the exciting two-year Data for Accountability Project – which helps the Parliament of Ghana to improve the national quality of life through evidence, using data to oversee progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Coffee plant.

How social entrepreneurs are contributing to higher-education change in East Africa

A key component of ensuring students leave university with appropriate skills for employment when they graduate is fostering links with employers. Vincent Otieno Odhiambo, Regional Director of Ashoka East Africa in Kenya, shares some examples of how social entrepreneurs are providing that link in supporting the Transforming Employability for Social Change in East Africa (TESCEA) partnership.

The expertise of the JAG members aligns with the courses being redesigned.

Employer engagement and its role in higher-education course redesign

Strengthening links between universities, employers and the wider community is important for ensuring that graduates leave university with the skills they need for employment and positive participation in society. David Monk of Gulu University in Uganda explains the role of Joint Advisory Groups in the TESCEA partnership.

Working on course outline at Gulu University.

Rethinking how university courses are taught to help meet the needs of students and community

Adapting how university courses are taught can ensure that students gain not just subject knowledge but also other skills that will be useful when they graduate. David Monk of Gulu University, Uganda describes the course redesign process within the TESCEA partnership and explains how Gulu chose which subjects to pilot this approach with.

Veronica Munuve of Uganda Martyrs University.

Experience of implementing course redesign to help students gain critical thinking skills

Veronica Munuve is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) and the university’s course redesign coordinator for the Transforming Education for Social Change in East Africa (TESCEA) partnership. She spoke to Tabitha Buchner about how curriculum redesign can help ensure that university students gain critical thinking skills through their studies.

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