-As 21 Researchers From Diverse Academic Persuasions Present Papers
The Adventist University of West Africa, (AUWA) has convened a three-day first multi-disciplinary conference in Liberia, with 21 researchers presenting papers.
The conference which began Thursday, March 28, 2019, brought together 21 authors from Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia seeks to find the best way to improve education in Africa.
With a theme: In a presentation, the guest presenter, the Minister of Education, Dr. Ansu Sonii presented a paper on education in Africa by 2063.
By 2063, he said education in Africa will foster stable growth and development, not intimidated by anyone.
According to him, Africa needs bright and intellectual ones to draft policies in an effort to eradicate hunger.
The Minister of Education called on the academia to cultivate a platform to encourage innovation and networking, especially with human brains to solve the many problems facing the African continent as no country can stand alone.
“We want African universities to collaborate and network, enhance human development with role to serve the people.
Relevant education can help build any Africa. No country stand alone; let`s network and burrow human brains to find solution to our problems,” the Minister of Education added.
Earlier, the president of the Adventist University of West Africa, Dr. Emmanuel G. M. Kollie on behalf of the Board of Trustees, and the administration of the Adventist University of West Africa, and in collaboration with office of research and collaboration, welcomed the guests, presenters, participants and researchers to the campus.
“We are excited to organized the first remarkable AUWA multidisciplinary research conference, under the theme ‘trends and best practices in education: bedrock for development in Africa,” Dr. Kollie told participants.
He further indicated that the academia is cognizant with the challenging issues in Africa as far educational development is concerned. “We hope that the translations result of the paper presentations during our conference sections will be a step towards best practices in education.
Dr. Kollie, who is also a pastor from the Seventh Day Adventist Church, further averred that Africa deserves God-fearing stewards who are willing to bridge the gaps between theories and praxis. We hope that the findings and recommendations of the papers presented during this period would contribute to the overall solution to Africa`s educational needs.
“The office of research and collaboration in the department of institutional effectiveness sponsored conference has brought together brilliant minds that we can all learn in the quest for best practice in education.
He lauded participants for such a great effort in coordinating a wonderful academic venture to bring to the country scholars from diverse academic orientations.
For his part, a visiting educator from Malawi, Pastor Dennis Matekenya presented two research papers to the audience of interest to the constituency here in Liberia.
The clergyman, who is also the deputy vice chancellor for affiliation, planning and development at the Adventist University of Malawi said one of the two research papers presented on the first day on the governance structure and the autonomy of university councils of Africa.
“We are looking at how the AUWA councils was structured and the level of autonomy and the university is organized, and the second paper focuses on increasing access and improving quality of education in Africa.