NWU hosts panel discussion on curriculum transformation and decolonisation

Belinda Bantham -- Fri, 08/25/2017 - 11:55

NWU hosts panel discussion on curriculum transformation and decolonisation

The Transforming Encounters Research Group at the North-West University’s (NWU’s) School of Philosophy on the campus in Potchefstroom recently held a panel discussion on exploring curriculum transformation and the concept of university after decolonisation.

The panel comprised the following experts: Prof Colby Heath Dickinson, an expert in theology at Loyola University in Chicago, Prof Robert Balfour, the NWU's deputy vice-chancellor for Teaching and Learning, Ms Allison Geduld, a PhD student and lecturer at the NWU, and Prof Shan Simmonds, professor in curriculum studies, philosophy and research methodology – also from the NWU.

During the discussion each expert gave a presentation on some of the most prominent obstacles and opportunities of either the decolonisation or transformation of the curriculum.

“The main objective of the diversity panel was to create a safe space for NWU students and employees from different backgrounds and cultural groups to voice their opinions on curriculum transformation and decolonisation,” said Danelle Fourie, a member of the Transforming Encounters Research Group. “Discussion forums such as these help us recognise the problems of previously advantaged and disadvantaged groups, and what needs to be done to bring about change.”  

She added that discussing and acknowledging the wrongs of the past is a big step in the right direction.

 The Transforming Encounters Research Group and the four experts on their discussion panel explored curriculum transformation and the concept of university after decolonisation.