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Lecturers & Coordinators


Prof. Dr. Victor J. Friedman

Victor J. Friedman, B.A., M.A., Ed.D. (Harvard University) is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and director of the Action Research Center for Social Justice at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College, Israel. His life’s work is helping individuals, organizations, and communities learn through "action science" – theory building, experimentation and critical reflection in everyday life. He has co-authored books including From Exclusion to Excellence: Building Restorative Relationships to Create Inclusive Schools Demystifying Organizational Learning, He serves as Associate Editor of the Action Research Journal and has published over 50 academic papers/book chapters.


Izabel S. Ramadan, MSc .

Izabel S. Ramadan is lecturer and practicum instructor in the M,Ed. Program in Inclusive Education at Oranim Academic College of Education, Israel. She is also the Coordinator of “Sanad” a program to prevent dropping out and promote inclusion for Arab students, K-12, in Israel. Ms. Ramadan holds a B.A. and M.A. in Educational Counseling and is currently an advanced doctoral student at AM University in Poland.


Dr. Michal Razer

Michal Razer is the director of the Department of Education Training and a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate Faculty of Oranim Academic College of Education, where she founded the M.Ed. program in Inclusive Education as well as the Shaveh Center for Equity and Social Inclusion. She has published extensively on inclusive education and in-service training in inclusion, in addition to developing and leading school intervention programs to enhance inclusive practices in education. Dr. Razer holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the Technion, Israel institute of Technology .


Dr. Hillel Wahrman

Currently Dr. Hillel Wahrman is the Head of Education Department at Oranim College of Education. His major interests are conflict in multicultural societies, peace culture and education. He has collaborated with other scholars on these subjects and written books such as “ Education of Minorities and Peace Education in Pluralistic Societies ” and “ Educating toward a culture of peace ”. Recently he has also published articles on the Palestinian-Jewish issue and the interfaces of this conflict in education and society.


Prof. Kennedy Amone-P'Olak

Prof. Kennedy Amone-P'Olak is head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Botswana. He is a psychotraumatologist with numerous publications: journal articles and book chapters in the field. He has conducted research on stressful life events, traumatic war experiences, and mental health among youth. His most recent publication is a book chapter in the book series “Processes of violent radicalisation in the 21st century: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives” entitled “Burning the Bridge: A violent strategy employed by the Lord’s Resistance Army’s (LRA) to recruit and indoctrinate children in Northern Uganda”. The book will be launched at the University of Uppsala, Sweden on April 24, 2018. Above all, Prof Amone-P’Olak is the PI of the War-Affected Youth Study (WAYS) in Northern Uganda, a longitudinal study on the trajectory of post-war mental health in formerly abducted children (child soldiers). Currently, Prof Amone-P'Olak is a Visiting Scholar at the Danish National Centre for Psychotraumatology at the University of Southern Denmark, where, together with Prof Ask Elklit, he is designing an intervention study to mitigate the adverse effects of war on the mental health of survivors in Northern Uganda.


Gloria Almeyda

Ms. Almeyda is currently at the Center for Studies on Solidarity Sector of the University of San Gil (Santander, Colombia). Before returning to her home country in late 2017, she was at Alamo Colleges District/Office of International Programs (San Antonio, Texas) collaborating with international training in workforce development. She has over fifteen years of international development (microfinance) and over twelve years of experience with youth workforce development in Latin America as regional and senior coordinator with the Cooperative Association of States for Scholarship (CASS) and Scholarships for Education &Economic Development (SEED) programs funded by USAID and managed by Georgetown University – Center for Intercultural Education and Development (CIED). Ms. Almeyda was also the manager of the Indigenous and Afrolatino Scholarships (IALS) Program financed by the IDB for youth from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru that built the capacity of local academic institutions and integrate traditional excluded youth to tertiary education. Ms Almeyda has a MS in Finance and International Business from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina where she transferred from the University EAFIT Colombia.


Miguel Farajo

Miguel Arturo Fajardo Rojas is the Director of the Center for Studies in Solidarity Economics of the Universidad de San Gil-Unisangil (Santander, Colombia), former president of Unisangil, university professor, founder of several cooperative and social organisations in Colombia. He is the author of academic publications on cooperatives and community social and economic development in the Southern Provinces of Santander. Mr. Fajardo has contributed actively in the creation and strengthening of many associations and cooperatives and participates actively in a variety of board of directors and committees of a variety of local organizations including those currently involved in human rights and peace building in the region.


Gloria Lamaro, MsC (Gulu University)

Department of Education and Humanities, Faculty of Education and Sports, Gulu University.

Gloria Lamaro of the University of Gulu in Uganda was recently appointed as the UNESCO Chair National Coordinator on Lifelong Learning, Youth and Work at Gulu University in Uganda. This new UNESCO Chair will contribute to the capacity building and professionalization of academic staff at universities as well as professionals working in the area of Business and Technical Vocational Education and Training (BTVET). Gloria holds BA. Educ. Hons. from Makerere University, PGDC from Makerere University, M.Educ from Gulu University. Goria is a Lecturer and head of Department Education Management in the Faculty of Education, Gulu University. She has conducted several studies on teaching and learning pedagogies and she is currently developing a study on transforming education for social change in East Africa focused on linking industries with academia, curriculum and pedagogical redesign for employability.


Dr. Alawia. Ibrahim Farag Elbla

Dr. Alawia. Ibrahim Farag Elbla is an associate professor of education, director of Students’ Affairs and former dean of the School of Psychology and Pre-School Education at Ahfad University for Women (AUW) in Sudan. She teaches among other courses: Perspectives on International and Multicultural Education, Human Rights and Peace Education, and Education in Emergencies at master level. Dr. Farag has contributed in the establishment of a master program (a localized version from the NOMA joint master program) in International and Multicultural Education and Development, started six years ago at School of Psychology and Pre-School Education, Ahfad University for Women. Her recent publications include Abu Baker, H & Farag, A. (2015, Stigma and the Process of Deconstructing the Social Identity of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Sudan, in Breidlid, A., Cheyeka, A. & Farag, A, (Eds). Perspectives on Youth, HIV/AIDS and Indigenous Knowledges in Africa. Sense Publishers (pp 41 – 60). .Holmarsdottir, H., Farag, A. & Nomlomo, V. (2013) "North-South-South collaboration: Old ideas in new boxes". Compare Journal, 43: (2), 281-286; Farag, A. (2013). Does Education Work? Perspectives on semi-nomadic girls’ education in some selected areas of Sudan. In Holmarsdottir, H., Nomlomo, V., Farag, A. & Deasi, Z. (Eds).   Gendered Voices, Reflections on Gender and Education in South Africa and Sudan. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers; Nomlomo, V., Farag, A. & Holmarsdottir, H. (2012) "Challenges to gender equality and access in education: Perspectives from South   Africa and Sudan". Southern African Review of Education (SARE) Journal, 18: (2), 41-57; and Farag, A. (2012) "Is Punishment (Corporal or Verbal) an Effective Means of Discipline in Schools?". ELSEVIER Journal (Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences), 69: 1656 – 1663. Available online at


Dr. Josje van der Linden

Dr. Josje van der Linden has worked as a lecturer/researcher in institutes for higher education in the Netherlands, in Sudan and in Mozambique. Currently, she teaches educational sciences (lifelong learning) at the University of Groningen and maths education at a university of applied sciences in Amsterdam/Alkmaar. She recently defended her PhD thesis on 'ensuring meaningful lifelong learning opportunities for groups at risk'. Her research includes the specific educational needs of groups at risk in (post-)conflict areas and the ways in which these needs can be met.


Prof. Dr. Jacques Zeelen

Prof. Dr. Jacques Zeelen is a social scientist with a long experience in Adult Education and Social Intervention. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Amsterdam in Psychology and a Master’s degree from the Free University in Berlin in the same discipline. At the Free University he also completed his PhD research on an action research project in Mental Health. For a longer time he headed the research programme Rehabilitation issues in mental health of the department of Adult Education (Andragogy) at the University of Groningen. In 1997 he was invited as a visiting professor at the University of the North (now called University of Limpopo) in South Africa and was appointed full professor of Adult Education in 1998. After resuming his duties at the department of Pedagogy (section Lifelong Learning) at the University of Groningen in September 2004, he combined research in the Netherlands with research in Sub-Saharan countries. Together with colleagues from different African countries, he initiated the international research and development project Early School Leaving in Africa (ESLA). Due to the growing urgency of research on early school leaving and vocational education worldwide, the ESLA project was renamed more generally Youth, Education and Work (YEW).

In April 2014 Jacques Zeelen was appointed full professor on ‘Lifelong Learning and Social Intervention in the context of Globalisation’ at Globalisation Studies Groningen, an inter-faculty institute positioned in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. From 1 January 2017 onwards he holds the UNESCO Chair “Lifelong Learning, Youth and Work” at Gulu University in Uganda. For more information about the UNESCO Chair, please see this article.


George L Openjuru, PhD

George L Openjuru PhD is a Professor of Education and Vice Chancellor of Gulu University in Uganda. He was formerly Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs of Gulu University, Dean of the School of Distance and Lifelong Learning, College of Education and External Studies Makerere University, and Head Department of Community Education and Extra-Mural Studies, Institute of Adult and Continuing Education. He was also an Associate Professor of Adult and Community Education, Makerere University.

He holds a PhD in Adult Education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He has publish a number of articles and books chapters in the area of lifelong learning, adult literacy education, vocational education and training and Higher Education. His areas of professional specialisation is Adult and Community Education with specific focus on adult literacy education, educational exclusion and social justice, Action Research, Community University Engagement, Lifelong Learning, Higher Education and indigenous Knowledge and Knowledge democracy.

He is a partner in the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education in Canada. Moreover, he presently is the Project/Team leader for the UNESCO Chair of Lifelong Learning, Youth and Work in Gulu University in Uganda
William Amone

William Amone, MSc .

William Amone has been working at Gulu University in Uganda as a Lecturer of Economics since the year 2006. He is the Coordinator of UNESCO Chair on Lifelong Learning, Youth and Work, at Gulu University. He also serves as a Consultant in Business Management at Uganda Management Institute. William has been involved in many researches and trainings in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Canada. He is due to complete his PhD study from Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda. William is a researcher in Development Economics; he has published 4 peer-reviewed papers, including 3 chapters in Business Reference Books with IGI Global, and 1 article in the Commonwealth Youth and Development journal.


Ana Carolina Rodrigues, MSc.

I am enthusiastic about new ideas and multi-disciplinary approaches to sustainable development, education, work, cooperatives and agriculture, especially in developing countries. I am originally from Brazil, where as a student I worked with the Movimento Sem Terra (MST), a social movement that struggles for land reform across the country. From there on, I worked with environmental conflicts that emerged in Mozambique as result of increasing on Foreign Direct Investment, especially those also coming from the global south, and currently I am working on a PhD research in agriculture and cooperatives from the perspective of international cooperation and cooperative education in Spain and Brazil. I am enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Alicante, Spain and as an intern at the University of Groningen. The Summer School in Uganda will be a great opportunity to share all sorts of knowledge and experiences and to reinforce our responsibility towards a development that values human beings at first place. Welcome!


Janita B. van Dorland

My name is Janita van Dorland and I am a student-assistant working with the Life Long Learning team. I am also joining the Summer school Organization Team. In addition, I work as a project leader for strengthening cooperation between primary education and teacher training in the field of training and professionalization. I am very interested in young people’s development and adult professionalization. To me the Summer School is a wonderful opportunity to experience the Ugandan context regarding youth, education and work. I am looking forward to meet people from all over the world to discuss and learn with each other. Hope to see you!


Kitty den Boogert

It is a pleasure to share with you who I am and how I am connected to the topic of this summer school.
Since I started my professional life as an educational curriculum developer and teacher trainer in the field of adult education and vocational training, I became interested in the question how people learn and how they can develop their hidden talents. Not being pushed or convinced by others, but by themselves. An even more urgent question had to do with my own role and function and that of the teacher, researcher, expert, mentor or supervisor in the workplace.
I was associated, in the Netherlands, as well as in Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda, to institutes that were experts in implementing innovative systems of learning for various target groups. Final goal of our activities was to develop tools for school managers, teachers, students and stakeholders in the outside world to make education practical, relevant, challenging, accessible, and addressing the needs of the learners to improve their social and economic position.
Very soon I discovered that the programs and teaching aids we developed as educational experts - based on continuously changing learning theories - were not really as effective as I hoped. During the years my focus changed. Was the school-structure to blame? Or the teaching approach? Or the lack of up-to-date materials? Or were the students not motivated enough to perform?
In the various jobs, I tried to make learning more effective and more pleasant. I worked for adults who were illiterate, for youth who preferred earning money to attending school, for migrants who came from far to make a better living for themselves and their children, for ‘regular’ students who were staying behind, for long-term unemployed people and for managers who wanted a smooth running institution. Regardless of the group’s characteristics, their background or level, I was always convinced that effective learning only takes place when the learner him/herself is involved, taking responsibility for the results and using his/her power to become skilful and confident to create opportunities.

Some curiosities about Kitty:

I am 73 years old, living in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), the youngest of a family with 3 children. My grandfather was a fisherman, my father a business trader in fish and I studied English Language and Literature and later on Educational Science. I also followed a short course in agriculture as I have been an entrepreneur for some time.
At present I am retired, but I still work as a volunteer, however not full-time, as I also enjoy the luxury of a life without work. I like nature, gardening, sports and philosophy.

I have worked for the following organisations:

CINOP (Center for Innovation of Education)
CINOP GLOBAL (projects outside the Netherlands)
UEM (University Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique)
NACTE (National Council for Technical Education in Tanzania)
AWU (Ankole Western University in Uganda)
PUM (Dutch senior experts organisation): (volunteer)
Tools4Change (volunteer)

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