Vavrus participates in African Studies Association panel on educational philosophy and practice in Tanzania
Frances Vavrus, associate professor in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) and Ph.D. student Matthew Thomas participated in a panel in Washington, DC at the 50th anniversary meeting of the African Studies Association (November 16th-19th). The panel, entitled Unfinished Liberation Struggles: Education for Self-Reliance in Tanzania Revisited, examined changes in educational philosophy and practice in Tanzania during the past 50 years and drew upon their ongoing research into current educational reforms with colleagues at Mwenge University College of Education (MWUCE) in northern Tanzania. One faculty member from MWUCE, Allen Rugambwa Kamanzi, also presented a paper on the panel as part of a faculty development project supported by the Open Society Foundations and coordinated by Dr. Vavrus. Their three papers will form chapters in a book on teacher education reform in Tanzania edited by Dr. Vavrus and Dr. Lesley Bartlett at Teachers College, Columbia University.