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Malmö University co-arranges conference in Tanzania


COOPERATION. Children, young people and adults around the world must have access to schooling and higher education.
It is for this reason that Malmö University is joining a cluster of Swedish and African universities to arrange a conference titled "Learning together for Change".
The conference is being financed by Sida and SUHF (the Association of Swedish Higher Education), and kicks off in Tanzania next month.

education-for-all"Education for All" is a global initiative led by UNESCO intended to give more children, young people and adults access to schooling and higher education in 2015. "Learning together for Change" is an open conference that is to be held in Tanzania to bolster the interests of the "Education for All" programme.

The conference is the initiative of SUHF and Sida, which are also its co-financiers, and is co-arranged by Malmö University along with other Swedish academies and their African partner universities.

"The challenge for Africa is not only to generally increase the number of people in school and higher education, but also to make sure that it's available to girls as well as boys," says Deputy Vice-Chancellor Cecilia Christersson from Malmö University and chair of the conference steering committee.

Four themes with eight workshops
The conference will offer delegates a choice of eight workshops on the four themes: sustainability and change; learning, technology and globalisation; human rights, equality and gender; and quality.

Malmö University: an active co-arranger
Malmö University is involved in three of the four committees responsible for planning the workshops, and has coordinated two of them. Dr Christersson has been a driving force behind the conference since the start.

"We've taken every care to ensure that this conference is a collaborative project between Swedish and African universities," she says.

"The steering committee has endeavoured to incorporate as many African perspectives as possible."

Research-based recommendations
"What we hope is that the conference will be able to make research-based recommendations ahead of the next post-millennium education goals, which can help make these goals more impacting from the perspective of democracy, sustainability, technology and quality," she continues.

Text: Charlotte Orban

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