Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU)
Dr. Edward Bagandshwa is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academics, Research and Consultancy at Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU). He was appointed in 2014 by the President of Tanzania as the Chairperson for the National Advisory Council for the services of people with disabilities, a position he continues to hold. He has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Dar es Salaam. He earned his PhD in Special Education from the University of Manchester and has done Post-Doctoral work also at the University of Manchester. At the age of 7 he lost his eye sight and since that time has been totally blind. He has held several positions at SEKOMU since arriving there in 2014. We are looking forward to his keynote presentation and participation at our upcoming Conference in July.
Update: Sadly, Dr. Yvonne Bui is unable to attend IASE this year to present her keynote. A replacement of equal quality has been selected to present in her place.
Charlot Barker lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania USA and is a mother of three adult children. She is the Director of Technology Support and Systems Architecture in Information Technology (IT) at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU), managing a department of 15 Information Technology professionals who support over 5,200 computers and other technology in hundreds of locations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Charlot and her staff work to promote, encourage and facilitate the use of technology at the CCIU and integrate the use of technology in education to benefit our students with a special focus on the diverse range of their abilities. Charlot creates procedures and policies on technology use at the CCIU, and performs project management for large initiatives and roll outs at the CCIU and nearby school districts.
Previously, Charlot has been a software engineer at the System Development Corporation working on the design of a system for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and for Computer Sciences Corporation where she worked projects for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) including Space Shuttle support, the Hubble Space Telescope and other research projects.
Charlot has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Millersville University and a Masters of Science in Instructional Technology from Saint Joseph’s University.
Charlot volunteered at the Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU) in 2010 and is thrilled at the opportunity to share ideas on helping students with special needs and visit her colleagues at SEKOMU again.
Mr. Twesigye Jackson Kaguri was born and raised in Uganda in the small village of Nyakagyezi. At a very young age he demonstrated an unquenchable desire to learn, which led him to study at and graduate from Makerere University in Kampala. During this time he cofounded the human rights organization, Human Rights Concerns, to help victims of human rights violations in Uganda and to educate the public about their rights. In the 90s he became a visiting scholar at Columbia University where he studied Human Rights Advocacy. Over the years he has been involved extensively in international community efforts as a human rights advocate, fundraiser, and inspirational speaker.
In 2001, Kaguri founded The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in his hometown. The organization provides free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. In addition to two primary schools and a secondary a school, it also operates two libraries, desire farm and nutrition program, a medical clinic, two clean water systems, and a support program for the grandmothers who care for up to 14 children at a time.
In 2010, he resigned as Interim Senior Director of Development in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University to focus full-time on The Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project. Kaguri has been awarded the 2015 Waislitz Global Citizen Award, named a 2012 CNN Hero, a Heifer International Hero, recognized in Time Magazine’s ‘Power of One’ Series, and spoken to the UN about his work. When not visiting the schools in Uganda or working at his office in Okemos, MI, Kaguri travels the country to speak with students and supporters about the organization. We are excited to have him speak and convey his
story to us all!
Dr. Girma Berhanu is a professor at the Department of Education and Special Education at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He teaches research methods and special education/inclusive education courses. These include ;a master’s course Inclusive Education: Visions and Realities and a PhD course Race, Ethnicity and Education.
The issues he works with are related primarily to socio-cultural factors, including historical aspects and institutional frameworks, that are relevant to education in general and to special education approaches and perspectives in particular. He is engaged in discussions of equity issues in the field of special education.
He has over 100 publications and his general areas of research interest include: race, ethnicity, and special education. Of particular interest to me is "group-based inequalities” in scholastic achievement and minority students‘ learning and development in a globalized and post-colonial world. How people view phenomena such as inclusion-exclusion and normality-deviation in the research field of special education is an area that is of great interest to Dr. Berhanu and can easily be tied into his own field of research.
He is a a member of an international consortium of equity in special education. The consortium focuses mainly on understanding the “Complexities of Inclusive Education From a Comparative Perspective: How Cultural Histories Shape the Ways That Schools Respond to Multiple Forms of Diversity. In addition, he is the International Association of Special Education (IASE) National Chair for Sweden.
We are thrilled to hear his journey from his birth place in Ethiopia to that of today!