Academic Activities

Call for papers - 2024 International Teaching and Learning Conference (6-10 May 2024)

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Invitation - Teacher's Aide Scoping Meeting ( 29 January - 10:00 to 13:00 - MS Teams )

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22 January 2024 - Author invitation - The Authoritative Guide to Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Teachers

We wish to publish The Authoritative Guide to Indigenous Knowledge Systems for Teachers and provide a free copy of the book to as many South African schools as financially possible.

With this book Via Afrika acknowledges the wealth of indigenous knowledge that exists in the country that has been instrumental in our success.

The Authoritative Guide to South African Indigenous Knowledge Systems for teachers will:

  • recognise that IKS is a national asset and a key to innovation and creating a brighter,
    sustainable future
  • examine how we can leverage these learnings to develop 21st century skills and enhance
    self-directed learning
  • celebrate and promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of South Africa’s rich
    indigenous knowledge and why it is important in a modern world
  • support teachers of various subject fields in integrating IKS in their teaching practice by
    sharing engaging pedagogies to enrich learners’ experience and to foster creativity in the
  • enable teachers to use indigenous knowledge to achieve learning outcomes
  • contribute to the decolonisation of the curriculum.

If you would like to be a contributor, please can you send the following or before 22 January 2024 to Josef de Beer and Sara Cowan

  • A letter of intent/expression of interest
  • an outline/synopsis that describes what your chapter will be about
  • Your CV.

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20-21 September 2023 - Online seminar to reflect on the role of education studies in the professional development of teachers

The Department of Educational Foundations is organising an online seminar to reflect on the role of education studies in the professional development of teachers.

Date: 20 and 21 September 2023
Format : A (Two) 2-day online seminar comprising of invited speakers and selected papers.
Adequate time will be allocated to discussions and debate.

The theoretical study of education has been in decline in the South African context and elsewhere. Lawn and Furlong (2009), for example, write about the crisis of the ‘disciplines of education in the UK’. This is the case in both the Anglo – and the Continental academic traditions related to this field.

For more information : Invitation to participate

The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation runs an annual essay writing competition aimed at young people between the ages of 13-21. ( Closing date : 31 August 2023 )

January 2023 - The International Research Foundation for English Language Education - seeking applications from doctoral candidates who have been advanced to candidacy at their universities


Dear Colleagues,


I am writing to you in my role as a Trustee of TIRF – The International Research Foundation for English Language Education.

We are seeking applications from doctoral candidates who have been advanced to candidacy at their universities. Applicants do not need to be citizens of a particular country or members of any specific organization.

The DDG call for proposals and information about previous grantees and their studies can be found on TIRF’s website by clicking here or by pasting this URL into your browser:

I will add that an applicant’s research must relate to one or more TIRF Research Topics, which you can read about by clicking here or following this link:

The TIRF Trustees are particularly interested in receiving proposals from doctoral candidates from regions of the word where we have not previously awarded any funding. These areas include many countries in Africa.

If you have any questions about the Foundation’s Research Topics or the proposal review process, please email – we hope to hear from you!

Best wishes,

(Dr.) Kathi Bailey (

January 2023 - Now Open: Call for WERA Visiting Researcher Award

In collaboration with the World Education Research Association (WERA), the International Association for the Evaluation of the Educational Achievement (IEA), and the Research Center “Literacy in Diversity Settings” (LiDS) at the University of Hamburg, we warmly invite early stage researchers and experienced researchers engaged in educational research from all nationalities to apply for the WERA Visiting Researcher Award.

This award enables visiting researchers to develop their own research project while benefiting from the individual support of experts from the partner institutes working in different fields related to international large-scale assessments, especially with a focus on diversity in education. The awardee will be privileged with direct access to data and resources of the partner institutes in carrying out their research projects.

Applicants are requested to send all documents via email to and insert ‘WERA- Academic Researcher Programme’ into the subject of their email when submitting the application. The deadline for the application is April 1st, 2023.

More info : WERA_Visiting_Researcher_Award_Call_2023

13 July 2022 - DEC eWorkshop

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DEC eWorkshop 13 July 2022