Launch Of Gulu University Unesco Knowledge For Change African Centre For Training In Community Based Participatory Research For Action And Impact

Launch Of Gulu University Unesco Knowledge For Change African Centre For Training In Community Based Participatory Research For Action And Impact

Gulu University is proud to announce the launch of the UNESCO Knowledge for Change (K4C) African Centre for Training in Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) on June 9.

The launch event was honoured by the presence of UNESCO Chairs Professor Budd Hall and Dr. Rajesh Tandon, the founders of the K4C network. They were joined by a team from Canada, South Africa, Tanzania, Colombia, Malaysia, and India. The launch integrated learning sessions with the first cohort being trained at the Gulu University Centre, utilising the Wang Oo learning approach to discuss core issues related to CBPR.

The K4C network is a movement advocating for knowledge democracy. It calls on universities to learn from and with communities to improve their impact and approaches to learning and research. This collaboration aims to understand local issues and co-develop relevant research that addresses problems and improves society. It emphasises university participation in the community, and the integration of indigenous and community knowledges and research practices in the university.

The Centre, directed by Professor George Ladaah Openjuru with Drs. David Monk and Robert Jjuuko as co-coordinators, brings together representatives from institutions across the African continent, including South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Burkina Faso, and Tunisia. The Gulu University UNESCO K4C Centre is dedicated to training academic and community leaders on how to teach CBPR and support their integration into the Global K4C network.

The event was hosted by Dr. Lamwaka Alice, an advisor to the Centre, at the Cultural, Herbal Medicine, and Biodiversity Centre of Gulu University. It featured welcome remarks from the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Humanities, alongside Mr. Opobo Ford, the Wod Gang of the area, and keynote presentations from the Vice Chancellor of Gulu University, and the two UNESCO Chairs. The launch emphasised a commitment to fostering community-university partnerships for impactful research and societal improvement. Visit our Gallery

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