Posted Thursday November 8, 2018


Laurier to host public lecture addressing gaps in graduate skill-sets in Sub-Saharan Africa

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa and its Teaching and Learning department will present a public lecture Nov. 13 on improving teaching, learning and success in Sub-Saharan African countries. The lecture will be delivered by Charles Kivunja, a visiting scholar and external fellow from the institute.

Kivunja has a PhD in Pedagogy and Leadership and is an associate professor in Pedagogy, Leadership and Research Methods at the University of New England in New South Wales, Australia. His presentation will focus on shifting focus to what he, and other scholars in the field, define as the “super 4C” skill set: critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration, creativity and innovation, and communication.

“For Sub-Saharan African countries to succeed in the knowledge economy, they must produce graduates who are fluent not only in the 3Rs and related core subjects, but also in what are widely regarded as the ‘super 4C’ skill sets that are essential for success in the knowledge and digital economies,” said Kivunja.

During his presentation, Kivunja will demonstrate that the 4C skills underpin what is needed to cultivate the human capital required to drive social, economic and political success in Sub-Saharan African countries.

Kivunja’s lecture is part of the Laurier Teaching Fellows Conversation Series, a monthly seminar presented by the Office of the Associate Vice President: Teaching and Learning that highlights faculty and their teaching practices and promotes conversations around teaching successes and challenges. Conversations are typically led by the Laurier Teaching Fellows to create awareness of the innovative practices that occur every day in the classroom.

The event will be held Nov. 13 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Paul Martin Centre on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. Video conferencing will be available on Laurier’s Brantford campus in the Carnegie Building, room CB106. The event is free and open to the public.

The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa

The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa is a Laurier Research Centre which began at the university’s Brantford campus and has expanded to its Waterloo campus. The institute is made up of 20 fellows spanning disciplines, departments, and universities. As a collective research institute, they host events, speakers, panel discussions, and share their individual work with the community. Through these initiatives, students and community members have opportunities to get involved, engage, and deepen their understanding of issues affecting and relevant to African countries.

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