XIV Annual International Conference
of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES)
Sofia, Bulgaria, 14 - 17 June 2016
Education Provision to Every One:
Comparing Perspectives from Around the World
Theme of the XIV BCES Conference as proposed by Dr. Lynette Jacobs
The provision of relevant and meaningful education to all, particularly but not exclusively to marginalised groups and in challenging settings, is essential for better and sustainable futures. Although there are many commonalities, education systems that provide education across the globe are influenced by settings and circumstances in different contexts. Education policies and practices are universally influenced by inter alia local cultural, political, socio-economical, historical, geographical, demographical and religious factors.
While claims are made in terms of widening access to education in many countries of the world, there is a need to explore the nature and meaningfulness of education provision and restraining factors. Groundbreaking work towards relevant and meaningful education provision at all levels needs to be acknowledged. Voices on innovative teacher training, significant teaching practices and reform in higher education spheres need to be heard. Such endeavours are furthermore closely linked with transformational leadership and appropriate education policies.
Research towards relevant and meaningful education provision is essential, and needs to become part of the international comparative discourse. For many decades, Comparative Education has been providing a disciplinary platform for such studies.
Dr. Lynette Jacobs
University of the Free State