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ISCN 2015 Dialogue 2: Regional Perspectives on Global Change, Gitile Naituli


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Gitile Naituli, Professor of Management at Multimedia University of Kenya and Commissioner National Cohesion & Integration Commission, Chair of Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in Africa

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ISCN 2015 Dialogue 2: Regional Perspectives on Global Change, Gitile Naituli

  1. 1. The MESA Network Prof. Gitile Naituli, PhD Multimedia Univeristy of Kenya
  2. 2. What is MESA? • An ‘on the ground’ African network developed and maintained (with few resources) by African professors that are linked up with community contexts and issues • A space for innovation, knowledge exchange and professional growth and development • Started in 2004 at UNEP, still going and slowly growing . • Evidence of small scale innovations in curriculum, teaching, research, community engagement, student initiative and university
  3. 3. ESD Innovations Programme – started in 2004
  4. 4. A participatory initiative … • Over 50 university lecturers contributed to the conceptualisation … • Participatory and responsive programme design (since 2004) • Participatory materials development • Partnership funding and functioning MESA - an open process – Broadening participation through various approaches
  5. 5. The Concept: ESD Change Projects in University Communities of Practice SOCIAL LEARNING PROCESS & OUTCOMES ESD Innovations Course File & Toolkit A platform for dialogue and reflection Many new ideas for action Resource Team Knowledge Experience Participants Knowledge Experience ESD Innovations in African Universities A networked learning Community Leadership support
  6. 6. An initiative developed in Africa for Africa – Exposure to different programmes, issues, networks and resources National University of Lesotho, University of Swaziland, University of the Western Cape, University of Malawi, University of Botswana, Kenyatta University, Suez Canal University – Egyptt, Egerton University – Kenya, University of Zambia, UEM (Mozambique), Suez Canal University, Makarere University, United Nations University, Universtiy of Liberia, Mauritius Institute of Education, University of Kinshasa, Kigali Institute of Science & Technology National University of Rwanda, Universite d’Abobo-Adjame, University of Nairobi, Global Virtual University, Ghana University of Education
  7. 7. Agreed upon learning outcomes to guide interactions in the network 1: Conceptualise the relevance of Education for Sustainable Development in relation to teaching, research, community services and management … 2: Design and apply innovative approaches to teaching, research and /or community services that reflect principles and values of SD, enhance learning and use of ICT 3: Develop and apply innovative strategies to strengthen institutional capacity for responding to environmental and development issues … Every participant: What can you DO to contribute to, and achieve these learning outcomes? CHANGE PROJECTS
  8. 8. The Role of Universities: Environment, Sustainable Development and the University in Africa Developing a common understanding • Is sustainable development a concern for universities? • Issues of environment, vulnerability and risk in Africa • Equip leaders and civil society to play a greater role in shaping responsive measures both globally and locally
  9. 9. • Prepare leaders to be accountable • Work with marginalized communities to have their voices heard in decision making bodies, globally and locally • Equip government, civil society and business to mitigate and adapt to climate change, environmental issues and sustainable development challenges • Support for sustainability in higher education – international
  10. 10. Innovations in Teaching, Research and Community Engagement Teaching, research and community engagement work • Education for a changing world – a new vision • Challenging taken for granted assumptions • Changing views about science and technology • Bringing the social and natural sciences together Values and transformative learning Professional ethics and ESD in Higher Education
  11. 11. • Transformative learning • Some insights into new learning theory • Active learning approaches • Using case study approaches • Action research and community problem solving • Socially critical learning approaches • Situated, reflexive learning in communities of practice • Engaging conflict in/as a learning process
  12. 12. Curriculum design innovations • Changing disciplines? • Multi-disciplinary, inter- disciplinary, trans- disciplinary • Working with IK in education • ICT and ESD innovations in African universities • Assessment innovations
  13. 13. Innovations in research • Re-orientation of epistemology (our ways of knowing) – Sustainability Science (a new science) • Re-orientation and broadening research methodologies • Re-orientation of research purposes and outputs • Research in context • Utilising research results effectively and ethically Innovations in Community Engagement Work • Service learning
  14. 14. Institutional Capacity Development for ESD • Why focus on institutional capacity for ESD? • Introducing sustainable development innovations into a university • Understanding the culture of the institution • Strategy, policy and organisational structures • Financing and resourcing innovations
  15. 15. Mainstreaming Approaches Emerging from MESA • Innovation approach, start somewhere and ‘spread the practice’ outwards … • Infusion approach, building on what is already there with key (new) interventions • Systems approach, review the whole system (using participatory tools), create dialogue, reflection and policy and practice responses across the system • Policy response – specific requirement across the system
  16. 16. Leadership support is essential AU, AAU, GHESP, UNU, GVU etc.
  17. 17. First MESA Leadership Seminar, UNEP, 2006
  18. 18. Student participation Student Participation
  19. 19. Participation in MESA expanding rapidly… Learning about MESA also expanding ….
  20. 20. MESA Hot-Spots • Cameroon • Cote D’Ivoire • DRC • Egypt • Ethiopia • Ghana • Kenya • Lesotho • Liberia • Malawi • Nigeria • Rwanda • South Africa • Sudan • Swaziland • Uganda • Zimbabwe • Madagascar & & &
  21. 21. Outcomes and some successes • Teaching changes • Research - 3 Chairs being established • Community Engagement • Management Changes • Student participation • Networks – regional and sub-regional NB: Knowledge of mainstreaming environment and sustainability in African Universities NB: A model that brings about change at grassroots level in universities
  22. 22. Challenges • Monitoring of on the ground outcomes and innovations • Resources and effective systems for ongoing interactions and networking • Resources to support innovation on the ground • Institutionalisation within university systems and structures • Focussed thematic co-operation • Ongoing Capacity Building The general challenges experienced by African Universities
  23. 23. Networking across the African continent is empowering and broadens knowledge of how to undertake mainstreaming, and develops African scholarship links Thank you!