South Africa Colloquium
Featuring guest speakers from the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
A colloquium featuring Dr. Denise Zinn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching & Learning at Nelson Mandela University (formerly Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) and Dr. Allistair Witten, former Director of the Centre for the Community School was held on March 26th, 2014. Discussion focused on Dr. Zinn and Dr. Witten’s presentation entitled “Re‐creating the Schools We Need: The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s response to the educational challenges of South Africa,” which addressed the inequities permeating the country’s communities and schools and examined ways the University’s Faculty of Education seeks to resolve such issues.
Partnership with Boston College
Dr. Franklin has maintained a partnership with the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) located in Port Elizabeth, South Africa since he was a visiting professor in fall 2013. In the past 4 years he has visited the campus to present and facilitate roundtable conversations with the Faculty of Education, Centre for the Community School (CCS), and The Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD). Dr. Franklin also serves as a member of the advisory board for the CCS.
Families, Communities, and Schools in South Africa
In the video clip below Dr. Allistair Witten provides an explanation for his slide titled, "Locating schooling within a broader context," which illustrates the role of schools within the context of communities and families in South Africa.