The 3 Ubuntu Agendas
Our Decolonising Agenda
Ubuntu recognises that a decolonised education is committed to understanding that knowledge, thought and values of local contexts belong on the same platform as Western knowledge systems. A decolonised education is an active process that takes many forms in an educational setting and is influenced by multiple stakeholders: students, staff, school communities and local and national contexts. To be practically immersed in the decolonising education agenda is a balancing act that still looks to international best practice, yet it remains locally relevant and celebratory. It is not isolating oneselves and rejecting others knowledge, thought or values in the pursuit of provincial status.
What this means for You
The Ubuntu team are made up of Africans, or those who have spent time living and loving the continent, its heritage, its culture and, most of all, its people. We are committed to the development and growth of educational networking on the African continent, and other opportunities that will bring African educators together, so that Africans can benefit from the knowledge of other Africans.
However, we are not exclusively for Africans, for that would not be in the spirit of Ubuntu. We hope that our content will reach far and wide to all those who identify with our philosophy, even though it is resoundingly African in it’s flavour.
“The future of education and human and planetary sustainability are inconceivable without a constructive alliance between the epistemologies of the global North and those of the global South.” (Obrillant Damas)
Our Transformative Education Agenda
At Ubuntu we understand transformative to mean an education that focuses on developing the future generations in a holistic manner and equipping them with the tools that they will need to solve the complex problems of the modern world.
We believe that transformative agendas include a focus on the soft skills such as communication, collaboration and creativity (which we refer to as the 3 Cs), which help people to network effectively, work across boundaries and think creatively how to resolve complex issues.
We also believe in the importance of entrepreneurship, risk taking and resilience in today’s society, and we are interested in shaping young minds to develop the optimism and ‘can-do’ mindset they will need for a bright future.
Our transformative agenda is one that truly prepares young people for a dynamic future. We work with like-minded individuals and organisations, who wish to shape their futures so that they are best placed to face challenges such as climate change, the rapidly expanding world of social media and constantly evolving political landscapes.
What this means for You
The Ubuntu team are well aware of the modern challenges that we face as a human race. We are accustomed to working in progressive environments where the focus is on the preparation of our future generations to meet these challenges. We see this as a clear and exciting purpose in education today.
As such we invite like-minded individuals and organisations to share in this exciting journey. Ubuntu will work actively with educational institutions, or any organisation that has an interest in the tailoring and delivering of education along these transformative lines.
We also actively seek to link with individuals and organisations that share our passion for the need for a change in mindset so that we can meet these challenges head on. Indeed we see it as our primary purpose to collaborate with like-minded thinkers and theorists who also see this purpose. As a team, we seek to share ideas and good practice so that they can be widely spread as we face the challenges of the future.
If you are interested in learning more about our mission and vision, or the way that we look to the future of education, we would love to hear from you.
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” (Nelson Mandela)
Our Digital Transformation Agenda
Ubuntu seeks to enable education organisations to navigate the inherent volatility in a post-pandemic world of education. In the post-covid era it is not enough to be reactive to changing circumstances, but it has now become necessary for schools to be prepared for immediate changes in direction, rapid communication and consistent access to learning for all students. By leveraging technology and by embracing a Digital Transformation agenda we believe schools position themselves to meet the needs of a more volatile educational landscape.
What this means for you
Your journey into the new world of education will involve the incorporation of technology somewhere along the road. Whether this be the implementation of an online learning platform to reach students from further afield, or the establishment of an ICT suite that you didn’t have before, there is little chance that the modern and progressive school does not have a key focus on the development of ICT in some form or another.
Ubuntu has a track record of implementing a digital agenda, and supporting those who are implementing the same. Our team understands not only the physical technological needs that you may have, but also how to shift mindsets within your organisation so that technology becomes part of who you are rather than part of what you do.
“Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational” (George Couros)