Johan Hendrikz, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Expanding education and improving its quality is central to the development of Africa. If Africa wants to realise the goal of quality education for all, faculties of education in Africa need to take the lead in finding African solutions to their educational challenges. Since 2005, the DETA Conference initiative has been one of the ways for educationists in Africa to meet and share their knowledge with one another.
DETA 2011 will be the fourth conference of its kind with the theme: Ensuring the highest possible quality of education in a changing Africa. DETA 2005 was held at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, DETA 2007 was held at Makerere University in Uganda and DETA 2009 was held at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. As in the case of the previous conferences, TESSA is again an active supporter. All these conferences attracted more than 170 educationists from more than 20 African countries. DETA 2011 will take place in Maputo, Mozambique from 3 to 5 August 2011and promises to be an even bigger event.
Building on previous workshops, DETA 2011 will also feature a pre-conference workshop on Open Educational Resources (OER) on 2 and 3 August 2011, Getting real about OER in Teacher Education. This is an opportunity to deepen understanding of OER issues and share participants’ experiences and projects with others.