In adjusting to this “new normal” I have found it comforting to hear from peers also navigating through these hours-days-weeks-all-meshed-in-one virus prevention routines. With a myriad of different government regulations on lockdown and economic recovery, it is equally important to ask what is happening in our education ecosystems affecting the millions of us in continuous learning and teaching programs with a global impact on the lives of millions of children across the world…

Learning Journeys: this episode engages 3 African professionals, 2 of whom are PhD candidates: Zinhle Mkhabela, a Measurement and Evaluation practitioner in South Africa, Kwabena Boateng, a collaborator on Pan-African education ecosystems in the United States and Fauzia Issaka, an International Development consultant & doctoral student in the United Kingdom.

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We get to hear their prospects on the challenges the pandemic has presented in their own academic lives — as well as their students; pain-points in digital access on educational systems; and the opportunities in future-casting post-Covid educational journeys that highlight solutions among likely allies. With cross-collaborative programs with universities on the African continent and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the United States of America as a primary example. While you listen to this edition, you might as well grab a cup, lean back, and lean into their intriguing insights. | @4irAfrica_

Be safe, be well, be loved.

Originally published to Unpacking Africa newsletter’s 15,000 + subscribers on May 12, 2020.

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