INVITATION TO HOST THE WCCES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING IN 2015 DURING THE 2ND AFRICE INTERNATIONAL CONFRENCE
Following my expressed interest in Buenos Aires for AFRICE to host the next Executive Committee Meeting of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES), I officially write on behalf of the AFRICE Board of Directors and the AFRICE Executive Committee, to request your high offices to consider holding a WCCES Executive Committee Meeting in June 2015 during the 2nd AFRICE International conference scheduled for Nairobi-Kenya.
Since the official admission of AFRICE into the WCCES in 2011, we have followed up the activities of this world academic society very closely, and have attended the WCCES Executive Meetings in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2012) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (2013). We also organized our First International Conference at the University of Yaoundé I, Republic of Cameroon in March 2013.
The Yaoundé conference brought together academics from all over the world. AFRICE was honoured by the presence of Dr. Diane B. Napier, Secretary-General of the World Council of Comparative Education Society (WCCES), who was one of our Keynote Speakers. Following the First AFRICE Conference, two of its members were appointed into Standing Committees of the WCCES.
Dr. Daniel Komo Gakunga of the University of Nairobi and Vice President of AFRICE was appointed into the Special Affairs Standing Committee, while Dr. Willibroad Dze-Ngwa of the University of Yaoundé I and current AFRICE President was appointed into the Publications Standing Committee of the WCCES.
Sir/Madame, we consider these past years as a learning process for AFRICE, but now we are grown, but ready to grow further. Consequently, we humbly wish to host the WCCES Executive Committee Meeting during our Second International Conference scheduled for Nairobi-Kenya in June 2015. While hoping for another interesting conference in Nairobi, kindly note the following:
1. Date of Conference:
The conference is scheduled for 17th-19th June 2015 at University of Nairobi, Kenya. The conference will be hosted by the Department of Educational Foundations, School of Education in the College of Education and External Studies. This is a bi-annual conference of AFRICE. The first such conference was held in Cameroon in March 2013 at the University of Yaoundé I.
2. Overall theme:
The proposed conference theme is: “EDUCATION IN AFRICA, REFLECTIONS BEYOND 2015 MDGs: COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES”. The focus of the conference will be to elicit information from African and international scholars on what they make of Comparative and International Education in Africa.
3. Contact Persons and conference address:
The Contact Persons for the conference will be:
4. Keynote Speakers:
AFRICE has already made conclusive arrangements with two renowned and highly-classed Keynote Speakers including:
- Prof. Carlos Torres - President of the WCCES and
- Prof. Diane B. Napier – Secretary-General of the WCCES & AFRICE Board Member.
The Conference will be chaired by top government authorities and members of the academia.
5. Overall organization of the Conference,
The Venue of the Conference is the Kenya Science Campus, University of Nairobi, Kenya. The Conference is expected to host about 500 participants from around Kenyan Universities and other scholars and academics from around the world.
Young postgraduate University students from across African Universities will be encouraged to actively take part in the conference. The Kenyan Ministry of Education will provide government support, while corporate sponsors would be sorted.
6.Links to WCCES & other constituent societies:
Holding the WCCES Executive Meeting in conjunction with the AFRICE Conference will enable a greater participation of not only Standing Committee members of the WCCES, but will also bring together other Constituent Societies to network with more African-based scholars. Publishers may also be attracted to ease dissemination of AFRICE activities. We expect that the WCCES members will also have new experiences on education matters in Africa for better understanding and collaboration.
In concrete terms, other comparative education societies like Association Francophone d’Education Comparee (AFEC), the Egyptian Comparative Education & Education Administration Society (ECEEAS), the Mediterranean Education Society, the Moroccan Comparative Education Society, the Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society (SACHES) and other constituent societies based in Africa will be encouraged to work in collaboration with AFRICE for greater participation.
AFRICE has already extended invitations to both the President and Secretary General of WCCES who have accepted to be keynote speakers during our conference. This will certainly attract other WCCES Executive members and this will ease an EXCO Meeting in Kenya. Such participation of the highest authorities of the WCCES will give AFRICE some recognition from African governments in terms of support and collaboration for better output.
Specific WCCES activities and venue, to be coordinated with the member society conference organizers.
AFRICE proposes to host the WCCES full day pre-conference meeting on the 17th June 2015.The additional half day meeting will be agreed upon by the WCCES Executive Committee. There will be available space for such meetings.
8. Additional information in support of our proposal
- Africa and Africans worldwide have been discriminated, marginalization and relegated to the background of comparative and international education. By inviting the Executive Committee of the WCCES to hold its meeting during the AFRICE conference, it is hoped that scholars generally will have a new consideration of Africa’s voice in education. The 2015 AFRICE conference will continue building a presence across Africa and also in WCCES as a worldwide organization. A strong foundation had already been built in Yaoundé, Cameroon; and through our interests in the WCCES activities.
- The venue of the conference provides a wonderful opportunity for touring the wonderful Kenyan national parks with lots of wild animals including the big five. The immediate national park is the Nairobi National Park which is within the environs of the city and accessible with ease. An organized tour of these touristic sites will be arranged by the local organizing committee.
A grand cultural evening will be organized for participants to savour African and Kenya cultural realities.
- Traveling to Kenya is very easy from all over the world. The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport is an international air transit hub with connections to all parts of the world. It is served by major international Airlines including KLM, British Airways, Air France, and Brussels Airlines just to mention a few. Most sky team members are served by this airport.
There are good world class hotels that are affordable. Most are within reach to the conference venue. However, AFRICE will arrange with specific hotels to ease meetings and networking.
- International and local food is available in most Kenyan hotels. But you cannot miss the favourite of Kenya “Nyama Choma”
On behalf of AFRICE, I look forward to your favourable consideration. We are ready to provide any other information that will be required to make the conference a success.
Willibroad Dze-Ngwa, PhD.
After applying to the WCCES to host the EC meeting during the 2nd AFRICE International Conference in 2015 in Kenya, the request was accepted.