Qualifications

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND AND AWARDS

Year of Study Institution/School Award
2003 – 2007 University of Kwazulu-Natal Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Adult Education Specialising in adult literacy education. With specific focus on adult literacy ethnography.
2000 – 2002 University of Natal Durban Master of Education (M.Ed.)Adult Education (Natal)
1994 – 1995 National Adult Education Association (NAEA) Certificate in Adult Education CAE
1993 – 1994 Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Education and Community Development Programmes
1989 – 1990 Makerere University Master of Education (M.Ed.) History Education (Mak)
1985 – 1988 Makerere University Bachelor of Arts with Education BA/Educ. Hon (Mak)

Research Interests

Critical Theory, Critical Pedagogy, Educational Leadership, Critical Discourse Analysis, Literacy, Pedagogy, Academic Writing, Critical Thinking, Social Identity, Critical Discourse Studies, Lifelong Learning, 21st Century Literacies, Adolescent Literacy, Cultural Communication, Vocational And Adult Education, Ecological Literacy, Pedagogic Identity, Biological Life Course, Education, Teacher Education, Human Rights, English, Globalization, International Development, Democracy, Immigration, Racism, Language and Power, Education Policy, Vocational Education, Vocational Training

Publications

David Monk, Palesa Molebatsi, Simon McGrath, Luke Metelerkamp, Scovia Adrupio, George Openjuru, Glen Robbins, Themba Tshabalala . (2023) . Revisiting VET research paradigms: Critical perspectives from the South . Available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13636820.2023.2280972
David Monk, Elizabeth Walton, Roda Madziva, George Opio, Annemaaike Kruisselbrink, George Ladaah Openjuru . (2023) . Interrogating the agency and education of refugee children with disabilities in Northern Uganda: A critical capability approach . Available at: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/chso.12810
Peace Buhwamatsiko Tumuheki, Jacques Zeelen, George Ladaah Openjuru . (2023) . Towards a transformative lifelong learning agenda for non-traditional students at university . Journal of Adult and Continuing Education
Rosalba Aciro, George Oriangi, David Onen, Geoffrey M. Malinga, Betty A. Ezati, George L. Openjuru . (2023) . The Relationship between Entry Grades of Students Admitted to Public Universities in Uganda under Direct Entry Schemes and Their Academic Performance: Implications for Admission Policies . East African Journal of Education Studies, [online] Volume 6(1). Available at: https://journals.eanso.org/index.php/eajes/article/view/1172
Heila Lotz-Sisitka, George Openjuru, Jacques Zeelen . (2023) . The Role of the University as Mediator in a Skills Ecosystem Approach to VET . In: Heila Lotz-Sisitka, George Openjuru, Jacques Zeelen, Transitioning Vocational Education and Training in Africa (pp.139-157), pp. 139-157
Zula Namubiru, George Openjujru Ladaah, Josje Van Der Linden, and Kellen Aganyira . (2022) . Harnessing Fishers’ Knowledge for Sustainable Fishery on Lake Victoria: The case of Wakiso District Kigungu Fishing ground Uganda . Available at: https://newprairiepress.org/aerc/2022/roundtables/17/
Maxwell Godwin Openjuru Ladaah, Kathy Sanford, Bruno de Oliveira Jayme, David Monk . (2022) . Learning Informally: A Case for Arts Learning in Vocational Education and Training in Uganda
David Monk, Gloria Aber, Alice Veronica Lamwaka, Martin Odoch, George Openjuru . (2020) . Chapter 8 Engaging in a Movement of Cognitive Justice at the Gulu University K4C Hub, Uganda . In: Catherine A. Odora Hoppers, Bridging Knowledge Cultures, pp. 133-157. Available at: https://brill.com/display/book/9789004687769/BP000019.xml?body=pdf-60830
Simon McGrath, Presha Ramsarup, Jacques Zeelen, Volker Wedekind,Stephanie Allais, Heila Lotz-Sisitka, David Monk, George Openjuru & Jo-AnnaRusson . (2019) . Vocational education and training for African development: a literature review . Journal of Vocational Education Training
George Openjuru, Dave Baker, Alan Rogers and Brian Street . (2016) . Exploring Literacy and Numeracy Practices; Ethnographic Case Studies from Uganda
Openjuru George Ladaah*, Namrata Jaitli, Tandon, Rajesh and Hall, Budd (2015), . (2015) . Knowledge Democracy, Community-based Action Research, the Global South and Excluded North in H. Bradbury . In: H Bradbury, The Sage Handbook of Action Research, pp. 481-488
George Ladaah Openjuru, Samuel Ndeda Siminyu . (2014) . Educational Exclusion and Social Justice in Higher Education: Experience from Uganda . In: , Education for Social Inclusion, pp. 119-146
George Ladaah Openjuru, Stella Achen . (2014) . Shack Video Halls in Uganda as Youth Community/Literacy Learning and cultural interaction sites . In: , pp. 143–158
Shirley Walters, George Openjuru . (2014) . Knowledge, engagement and higher education in Africa . Global Universities Network for Innovation (GUNI), pp. 142-152
Marit Blaak, George Ladaah Openjuru, Jacques Zeelen . (2013) . Non-formal vocational education in Uganda: Practical empowerment through a workable alternative . International Journal of Educational Development, 33(1), pp. 88-97
Willy Ngaka, George Openjuru, Robert E. Mazur . (2012) . Exploring Formal and Non-formal Education for Integrated and Diverse Learning Environment in Uganda . The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations: Annual Review, 11(6)
Achen Stella, Openjuru George Ladaah . (2012) . Hollywood in Uganda: local appropriation of trans-national English-language movies, Language and Education . Language and Education , 26(4), pp. 363-376
George Ladaah Openjuru, John Robert Ikoja-Odongo . (2012) . From extra-mural to knowledge transfer partnerships and networking: The community engagement experience at Makerere University . London: Perspective, Prospects and Challenges, NIACE
George Ladaah Openjuru . (2008) . An ethnographic study of rural community literacy practices in Bweyale and their implications for adult literacy education in Uganda . In: , African Literacies: Ideologies, Texts, Education, pp. 237-270

Projects

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    Prof. Openjuru L. George

Supervision

SUPERVISION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS

Graduate Students Supervised to Completion.

S/N Name Topic Award Year of Award
1. Ahimbisibwe Fabian Karembe The Empowerment of Rural Women in a Global world context: the case of Ruhira Millennium Village Master of Adult and Community Education of Makerere University September 22nd 2010 graduated 2010
2. Maholo Richard Cephason Factors relating to Teacher performance in Secondary School Butaleja District Master of Arts in Educational Management Graduated during the 62nd Graduation Ceremony held January 2012
3. Besimbire Zephyrino Factors Influencing Teacher Turnover in Private Secondary Schools in Kawempe District Master of Arts in Educational Management Graduated during the 62nd Graduation Ceremony held January 2012
4. Angelica Tumwebaze Causes of differences in Primary School Examination Performance in Primary Schools in Bushenyi-Ishaka Town Council Master of Arts in Educational Management Graduated during the 63rd Graduation held on 21st January 2013
5. Akello Harriet An Exploration of the Methodology Used to Assess Literacy Rates in Uganda. Master of Adult Education Graduated during the 64thGraduation Ceremony held on 25th January 2014
6. Kigonya Constantino Sempa An Assessment of Learning Achievement Differences Between Rural and Urban Adults in Kampala and Wakiso Districts. Master of Adult Education Graduated during the 64th Graduation Ceremony held on 25th January 2014
7. Nakyejwe Deborah Influence of Neo-Liberal Reforms on Adult Education Programmes in Adult Education Institutions in the Central Division of Kampala District. Master of Adult Education Graduated during the 65thGraduation Ceremony held on 22nd January 2015
8. Ilabu Elisabeth Ogwang Community Environmental Adult Education in alleviating Water Pollution in Murchison Bay on Lake Victoria. Master of Adult Education Graduated during the 65th Graduation Ceremony held on 22nd Jan 2015
9. Nalwoga Rebecca An Exploration of the Training Processes in the Vision, Commitment and Action Workshops (VCAW) Carried out by the Hunger Project. Master of Adult Education Graduated during the 65th Graduation Ceremony held on 22nd January 2015
10. Namitala Josephine Media accessibility for environmental adult education: a case study of different locations in central Uganda. Master of Adult Education Graduated during the 66thGraduation Ceremony held January 2016
11. Garuzooka John Francis Family Planning Education and Practices Amongst Rural Non-Literate Women In The Reproductive Age: The Case Of Mbaare Sub-County, Isingiro District. Master of Adult Education Graduated during the 66thGraduation Ceremony held January 2016
12. Byekwaso Jordan Lwanga Master of Adult Education Graduated during the 66thGraduation Ceremony held January 2016

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Other Academic Activities

Deanships and Heads of Department

1. Substantive First Deputy Vice Chancellor Gulu University (Jan 2015 to Dec 2017)

2. Ag. First  Deputy Vice Chancellor Gulu University (Oct 2014 to Dec 2014 )

3. Dean School of Distance and Lifelong Learning Makerere University (2011-Oct 2014)

4. Head of Department, Department of Community Education and Extra-Mural Studies Makerere University (1996 – 2000)

5. Head of Department, Department of Community Education and Extra-Mural Studies (2008 – 2011)

 

External Examiner in Several Universities
1. August 2010 appointed External Examiner for undergraduate Bachelor of Education Adult Education of the University of Dar es Salaam Department of Educational Foundations Management and Lifelong Learning.

2. November 2010 Appointed External Examiner for the Examination of Post-graduate Degree of Master of Education (Adult Education) degree of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

3. March 2011 Appointed External Examiner to examine a post-graduate master’s degree dissertation for the University of Cape Town.

4. April 2011 Appointed External Examiner for the 2010/2011 academic year in the Department of Adult and Community Education for Kyambogo University.

5. Dec 2011 appointed External Examiner for the Examination of a Post-Graduate Degree of Master of Education (Adult Education) of the University of Kwazulu-Natal

6. External Examiner Post Graduate Master of Education Adult Education for 2012/2013 to 2014/15, University of Dar es Salaam School of Education (UDMS).

7. PhD Examiner University of Western Cape South Africa.

8. PhD Examiner University of the Free State South Africa.

PhD Critical Readers

I have been a critical reader and Viva Voce Panel members for the following PhD candidates at the East African School of Higher Educational Studies and Development College of Education and External Studies

1. Dr Jude Sempebwa Makerere University

2. Dr Katorokire Innocent Makerere University

3. Dr. Tusiime Mukwenda Hillary Makerere University

4. Dr. Namutebi Edith Makerere University

5. Dr. Stephen Odama Gulu University

Membership in Professional Bodies

1. Applied Linguistics and Literacy in Africa & the Diaspora Research Network (ALLADRN)

2. Chairperson, Uganda Adult Education Network (UGAADEN)

3. Member of the UNESCO/UIE, Adult Literacy Exchange Network on Developing Countries Member No 507. in the UNESCO Directory of Member 1999/2000

4. Member of the (ReN) Research Network on Applied Linguistics and Literacy in Africa and the Diaspora.

Professional Practice and Outreach

1. Participated in the Learning for Empowerment through Training in Ethnographic Research (LETTER) as a resource person in Yergalem Ethiopia from 24th to 29th August 2007.

2. Resource person second LETTER Training in Ethiopia 13th -20th January 2008

3. Resource person LETTER training in Uganda Jan 2012-2014