Link Community Development

Improving the quality of education in Africa

Education for Sustainable Development

Education for Sustainable Development

Patersons Land, University of Edinburgh, 30 October 2015, 3pm 6pm


Dear friend,

Link Community Development and the School of Education, University of Edinburgh are delighted to invite you to a conference on ‘Education for Sustainable Development’.  This will be held in Paterson’s Land, Holyrood Campus at 3-6pm on 30 October 2015.

This event will mark the introduction of the Sustainable Development Goals and, via presentation and discussion, reflect on how these goals will impact upon the provision of education around the world. We will examine policies for aid in education and sustainable development through education; and will illustrate sustainable education in action as demonstrated in Link’s projects in Ethiopia and Malawi, and other examples in Nigeria and Ghana. 

Please see below for an outline itinerary of the event:


3:00 – 3:10

Registration opens

Welcome and Overview


Dr Gari Donn, School of Education, University of Edinburgh 




3:10 – 3:25

Key note speech – Construction of the Global Agenda on Education through the Sustainable Development Goals

Professor Kenneth King, Emeritus Professor, University of Edinburgh; NORRAG




3:25 – 3:40

THE LEARNING CRISIS: THREE STORIES OF HOPE. Global overview and three approaches to inclusive and quality education from Pakistan, Ghana and Nigeria.

Roger Cunningham, Senior Education Specialist




3:40 – 3:55

GIRLS’ EDUCATION IN SOUTH-WESTERN ETHIOPIA. An intervention to support elimination of gender disparities - early signs of impact and the road ahead  

Laura Garforth, Executive Director Link Community Development, Ethiopia




3:55 – 4:10

Education in Malawi - TITLE tbc (education at the national level, National Education Standards)

Dr Fritz Kadyoma, Programme Director, Link Community Development, Malawi

Please email to confirm your attendance. If you are unable to join and would like to nominate a colleague please indicate this in your email.

We hope you will join us after the presentations and discussions for some Malawi Gin, wine and soft drinks.  



Gari Donn, International Education, School of Education, University of Edinburgh

Samantha Ross, Link Community Development International


Improving the quality of education in Africa

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