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Emily Akuno

Leading future generations: the cultural relevance of music education for sustainable development

Emily is a professor of music at Kenyatta University in Kenya, University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Maseno University and The Technical University of Kenya. She currently serves as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs at The Co-operative University of Kenya. Emily trained as a performer-educator in Kenya, USA and the UK. Her research interests veer towards cultural relevance in music education. She is the editor and a contributing author of the (2019) Routledge publication Music Education in Africa: Concept, Process and Practice. She is a former president of the International Music Council (IMC) and current  President of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) as well as chair of the Music Education Research Group Kenya (MERG-Kenya).

Logamurthie (Logan) Athiemoolam

Preserving our heritage: The value of drama-in-education to ignite self-preservation and collaboration among the youth

Professor Logamurthie Athiemoolam is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He teaches English Home and First Additional Language as well as modules focusing on issues and challenges in South African education to undergraduate, pre-service teachers. His research interests lie in the fields of language teaching, education and educational management, drama-in-education and diversity pedagogy. His teaching strategy is informed by drama pedagogy, crossing the disciplinary line between languages and the arts. At postgraduate level, Logan has already supervised a number of Honours, Masters and Doctoral students in the fields of language and general education. His highly acclaimed workshops are directed at addressing sensitive issues around diversity and inclusivity through process drama. 

Marelize van Heerden

Dance education and social cohesion: A critical approach

Dr Marelize van Heerden lectures Dance education, Music education and Philosophy of education at the Faculty of Education, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. She holds a Master’s Degree in Music and a Doctorate in Education. Her doctorate focused on the potential of dance education to promote social cohesion in South Africa. Her research interests include dance education, social cohesion, African philosophy, ethno-cultural identity, ideas of Self in relation to the Other, nation building, peace education and national healing. Marelize is a professional musician, cabaret artist and choreographer and was the official choreographer of the internationally acclaimed Nelson Mandela University choir (2005-2017), who won the traditional section of a World Choir competition in Austria with her choreography.

Martin Braund

Leading future generations: the cultural relevance of music education for sustainable development

Martin Braund is an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of York in the UK and Research Associate in the Faculty of Education at Nelson Mandela University in South Africa and past Professor in the Department of Research of the Faculty of Education at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. He  led innovation in science teaching and drama, critical thinking and argumentation in STEM education and research capacity development.  He holds a PhD from the University of York focused on research in transition from primary to secondary school. Much of his work is connected with innovative approaches to teaching, evaluation of professional development programmes and curriculum development. Martin has published extensively in the fields of transition, informal learning outside the classroom, argumentation, teacher education, drama and specifically STEAM education. His book, Performing Science (Bloomsbury, 2012), was shortlisted for education resource of the year. Martin has worked as consultant to governments in Brunei, Rwanda, Chile and South Africa and as an advisor and keynote speaker across the world. 




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