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Education faculty member receives Fulbright Award to educate faculty and students in Africa

April 10, 2013
By Kevin Jensen

In early 2012, the University of Ngozi, a co-ed, multi-faith institution with Hutu, Tutsi and Twa students, signed an International Memorandum of Understanding with CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability to pursue sustainable peace and development.

Jeffery M. FoleyThe MOU was signed with CSU’s School of Education drawing upon its doctoral specialization in learning, teaching and culture to help build bridges between schools and universities in different regions of the world.

Jeffrey M. Foley, a full time special appointment contingent teaching faculty member in CSU's Adult Education and Training program, received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award to continue the School of Education’s work on sustainable peace and development in Burundi, East Africa, by travelling to the University of Ngozi, or UNG, for the month of July to conduct seminars and workshops for faculty and students and assist in revising the conflict resolution curriculum.

“Prior to serving as an assistant professor in the School of Education, I spent 20 years as a facilitator of learning with experiential education organizations such as Outward Bound and the Outdoor Adventure Program at CSU,” Foley said. “I look forward to sharing my professional and life experiences with the wonderful students at the University of Ngozi.”

Award will help resolve conflict

The purpose of the award is to help the faculty and students at UNG gain more understanding of the peace and conflict resolution process.  Burundi, one of the poorest countries in Africa, is still recovering from a devastating 12-year civil war that claimed more than 300,000 lives in ethnic clashes between Hutus and Tutsi. Although the country is getting ready for its second peaceful election since the conflict ended, Burundians are still trying to resolve many of their differences.

UNG was founded in 1999 with a commitment to reconciliation; it is uniquely situated to be a laboratory for peace-building and sustainable development. Through this project, UNG hopes to give its faculty and students the tools they need to help their country analyze and resolve conflict and build a better future. After years of genocide and civil war, during which a large percentage of its educated citizens were targeted, exiled or killed, impoverished Burundi is now ripe to model a transformative development approach while nurturing a new generation of leaders.

School of Education professor instrumental

William Timpson, a School of Education professor at CSU, has been working in Burundi as a senior Fulbright specialist and has been instrumental in creating the relationship with UNG. Because of Colorado State University’s historical strengths in science, engineering, technology and mathematics, or STEM education, as well as the land-grant university’s success in extending expertise to the field and overseas, CSU was in the perfect position to serve as a partner with UNG to mobilize resources, trial new ideas and disseminate success stories.

The School of Education is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences (formerly the College of Applied Human Sciences) at Colorado State University.