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The Public Good

Watch the recording of our public seminar in Cape Town on the 17th October 2017. The keynote speech was given by Prof Elaine Unterhalter. 

The public seminar on the public good formed a key part of the EQUIPPPS three-day workshop. The workshop was designed primarily for researchers, key experts and other stakeholders to share their perspectives, insights and experiences on the role of public private partnerships in securing key public services (health and education). It was co-organised by:

  • EQUIPPPS
  • Centre for International Teacher Education (CITE), Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • School of Education, University of Cape Town
  • Institute of Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University

It brought together over 40 academics, students and practitioners from South Africa, India, the UK and Belgium, to share their research, to learn from one another, and to debate the impact of the privatisation of public services on the public good. The workshop was split over three days. The second day was a special symposium on ‘Social Citizenship, Solidarity and Rights: PPPs and contractualism’. As part of this, a public seminar was organised in the evening. The keynote speaker was Prof Elaine Unterhalter. The session was introduced by Prof Robert van Niekerk and chaired by Prof Yusuf Sayed. Summary and feedback was given by Dr Heather Jacklin.

The seminar can be watched here:

Prof Elaine Unterhalter / Elaine is a Professor of Education and International Development at the UCL Institute of Education. She is also Co-Director of the Centre for Education and International Development at the UCL-IOE and the joint principal investigator on the ESRC/Newton Fund/NRF funded project on higher education and the public good in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Elaine has more than 25 years experience working on themes concerned with gender, race and class inequalities and their bearing on education. Her specialist interests are in the capability approach and human development and education in Africa, particularly South Africa. 

Dr Heather JacklinHeather is a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town. Her research iinterests include the relation between pedagogic practice and the broader contexts of the school, education system and society, school leadership and research design. 

Professor Yusuf Sayed / Yusuf is the Professor of International Education and Development Policy at the University of Sussex. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), Rhodes University, South Africa. He is alsothe South African Research Chair in Teacher Education, and the Founding Director of the Centre for International Teacher Education (CITE), 2014-2017,  at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa. Peviously Yusuf was Senior Policy Analyst at the EFA Global Monitoring Report, UNESCO, Team Leader for Education and Skills, the Department for International Development UK, and Head of Department of Comparative Education at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Yusuf is an education policy specialist with a career in international education and development research. He is presently engaged in several research projects on teachers and teacher education including the ESRC/DFID funded project  “Engaging teachers in peacebuilding in post conflict contexts: evaluating education interventions in Rwanda and South Africa" and several large-scale studies about teacher professionalism, teacher education and continuing professional development in South Africa and globally.

Professor Robert van Niekerk / Robert is the Director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) and Matthew Goniwe Chair of Social Policy at Rhodes University. His academic work focuses on the institutional history and ideologies of social policy and social change in South Africa, specifically with regard to policy aimed at overcoming inequality and building an inclusive social citizenship. He holds a BA (Hons) in (Industrial Sociology) from the University of Cape Town, MSc in Sociology from the London School of Economics and a PhD in (Social Policy) from Oxford.