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.
Dr Yvonne Bui is a professor and chairperson of the Department of Special Education at San Francisco State University. She is the Chairperson for Master Thesis and Doctoral Dissertations. She earned her doctorate from the University of Kansas in the area of Learning disabilities. She has received numerous funded grants, the most recent one for Project HELP (Preparing Higher Education Leadership Personnel for Faculty Careers in Special Education). Professor Bui conducts a vast amount of research with a focus on: (1) exceptional learners; (2) teacher education; (3) cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds in inclusive settings; (4) differentiated instruction; and (5) educational Leadership.
She is the author/co-author of several books, including: How to write a master’s
thesis, (2018,2017,2013); Exceptional children in today’s schools: What teachers need to know (2017, 2009). In addition, Professor Bui has written over 200 articles and book chapters, made more than 500 presentations at professional conferences, organizations, and local school districts within her community.
Dr. Bui has served as a volunteer consultant for the office of overseas schools in Rwanda; Abuja, Nigeria and the International School of Tanganyika, Tanzania. Her service to the global community spans from developing undergraduate online courses and curriculum for Jesuit Commons, Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Malawi; preparation of university teaching schedules for all General Education and Special Education courses for Sebastian Kolowa University, teaching three special education courses (Introduction to Special Needs Education, Introduction to Cognitive Disabilities, Research Methods in Special Education-total 600 students) at Sebastian Kolowa University College, Magamba Village, Tanga District,Tanzania;Touch Math for special education teachers at Msimbazi School for Students with Autism, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and for teachers a the Rainbow School in Lushoto, Tanzania, and conducting workshops and service learning with K-8 school in Tacna, Peru;
It is no surprise to hear her say “ I am thrilled that I will be able to return to SEKOMU, a place and people that I hold close to my heart, after so many years.” We are excited that she will be coming back to SEKUMO.
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!