If you ask an adult, “What is the education system?” they’ll typically respond, “Well, there is the superintendent, the principals, the teachers union, and so on.” But if you ask a student who helps them learn, they’ll say, “Oh that’s easy—my teachers and family.” Yet education in our country does not support students, teachers, and families functioning as a system.
“Parental engagement” is one of those self-evidently appealing ideas for improving education. Who doesn’t want to engage parents? What child isn’t well served by more of it? Yet doing it well is hard, because it means shooting straight with parents about how their daughters and sons are performing, and committing to making hard changes and expending real resources to help those children do better. It’s not a program. It’s a promise: to be honest and do right by all kids.
Nineteen Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program alumni based at universities in the Northeast (and Delaware) participated in a roundtable discussion to share their perspectives during a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program Stakeholder Forum, which took place at the Corporation’s New York City office on October 4, 2018.
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Tertiary education enrollment in sub-Saharan Africa nearly doubled from approximately 4.5 million in 2000 to 8.8 million in 2016 (UNESCO UIS). To meet the needs of new and expanding universities, several African governments aim to increase the number of doctoral graduates who can become qualified staff. African universities have deployed innovative models of academic diaspora linkages in building the next generation of academics.