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Distance Education and Teacher Education in Africa

Submission of abstracts

Due to numerous requests to submit abstracts after 30 April, the new closing date is Wednesday, 31 May 2017

We are happy to announce that we have already received more than 100 abstracts from 19 countries.


Theme: Getting practical about Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 in Teacher Education in Africa

Themes and subthemes

According to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark, "world leaders have an unprecedented opportunity this year [September 2015] to shift the world onto a path of inclusive, sustainable and resilient development". Accessing 'quality education' (SDG 4) has a major role to play in attaining the 17 goals earmarked as SDGs to transform our world. Quality education is a sine qua non for lifelong quality knowing, being and doing in the 21st century. While commendable efforts have been made through universal education, inclusive and quality education still seems to be a problem in many parts of the world, especially in the developing countries of the South. At the centre of this is teacher education. Achieving the 2030 agenda for the SDGs will remain only an aspiration, especially in Africa, if adequate attention is not paid to the quality of teacher education and support, both pre- and in-service.

A focus on quality education requires Teacher Education in Africa to reflect on what it deems to be quality education for the learner in Africa. Quality education is anchored in the need for education to address the existential needs of persons, communities and nations, as well as the global labour market. The world, as a global village, rests on the quality of education to sustain development for local and international contexts. Distance education is seen as an important contributor to address global labour market skills shortages by providing quality education for lifelong learners in more flexible and context-responsive ways.

The DETA 2017 Conference will create a platform for African educationists to deliberate on how Africa could get practical about achieving SDG 4 in Teacher Education in Africa. These deliberations will be guided by the theme and the following subthemes of the conference:

  1. Promoting inclusive education for access
  2. Implementing strategies to address disability issues in education
  3. Ensuring quality education for development
  4. Enacting competency-based and Africa-centric curricula and classroom practices
  5. Modelling ICT and ODeL modes of provision for education and teacher development in Africa
  6. Developing professional learning communities

DETA background

DETA 2017 will be the seventh conference of its kind. Like the previous conferences, it will create a unique platform to share knowledge and deliberate on educational issues.

Previous DETA conferences:

Year Venue
2005 University of Pretoria, South Africa
2007 Makerere University, Uganda
2009 University of Cape Coast, Ghana
2011 Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
2013 University of Nairobi, Kenya
2015 Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius

DETA 2017 will take place in Rwanda and promises to be an even bigger event than the previous conferences.

Start planning now to attend this exciting conference for African teacher educators in Africa.

Date: 22 - 25 August 2017
Venue: College of Education, University of Rwanda, Kigali, Rwanda
Pre-conference workshops: 22 August 2017
African Deans of Education Forum: 22 August 2017

Abstracts: Submission of abstracts is still open
New closing date is 31 May 2017
Registration: Registration for the conference is open. Early bird closes on 31 May 2017. You can regsiter now.
Only 250 delegates can be accommodated.
Enquiries: Please send any enquiries to deta2017@up.ac.za
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Submit your abstracts as soon as possible
Closing date: 31 May 2017

Early bird registration
US $ 320 / R4 200 (Early bird closes on 31 May 2017. You can regsiter now)
Late registration
US $ 350 / R4 600
From 1 June 2017
ADEF alone
US $ 50
/ R700

Speakers, panelists & workshop facilitators
World class educationists


Pre-conference workshops:

  • African teacher education network/TESSA
  • African Story Book Project
  • ICT-enriched learning design and development
  • Enhancing academic communication skills