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Welcome to the archive of the Vice Chancellors’s Annual Julius Nyerere Lecture on Lifelong Learning. The first lecture was given in 2004. 

Professor Brian O' Connell

Rector and Vice-Chancellor UWC

UWC is committed to lifelong learning, both as a philosophy and a practice. This is in response to the fact that more and more people have the desire and the need to work while studying throughout their lives, not least because knowledge and skills become obsolete at an incredible rate.

We understand that this is not an easy thing to accomplish and UWC is keen to support such students by striving to be flexible and relevant in the way in which we present our services.

With your support, we will continue to make UWC a place of quality, a place to grow, from hope to action through knowledge.



Professor Shirley Walters

Director of Division for Lifelong Learning

We have used the Julius Nyerere lecture series to:

•    Honour Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s legacy to Africa and the world

•    Foster the principles of Lifelong Learning at UWC. 

Over the 10 years we have enjoyed collaborating with the Vice-Chancellor, Tanzanian High Commissioner, Tanzanian students, cultural activists, and colleagues, to celebrate Nyerere’s contribution to educational thought. We have been fortunate to have inspiring speakers who have challenged us intellectually and politically.


First Annual Julius Nyerere Memorial Lecture presented by Naledi Pandor in 2004

Biography of Naledi Pandor

The inaugural lecture was presented by the (then) Honourable Minister of Education Naledi Pandor in 2004.


Second Annual Julius Nyerere Memorial Lecture presented by Dr Rosa Maria Torres Del Castillo in 2005

Biography of Dr Rosa Maria Torres Del Castillo

Dr Rosa Maria Torres Del Castillo was Minister of Education and Culture for Ecuador in 2003.  She is a specialist in the area of basic education, with wide teaching, research, and technical advisory experience. Over the past twenty years she has lived, studied and/or worked in five countries - Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, the United States and Argentina - and has conducted technical missions in most Latin American and Caribbean countries as well as in many African and Asian countries.

She was the Pedagogical Director of the "Monsignor Leonidas Proaño" National Literacy Campaign in Ecuador (1998-1990). Most of her international experience in the field of education is linked to UNICEF and UNESCO. She was Senior Education Adviser at UNICEF Education Cluster in New York (1992-1996); Program Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the WK. Kellogg Foundation, based in Buenos Aires (1996-1998); and Researcher at IIEP-UNESCO Buenos Aires (1998-2000). Since 2000 she has been acting as a researcher and international education adviser, working from her own institute, Instituto Fronesis. She has coordinated the network of signatories to the Latin American Statement for Education.  At UNESCO's invitation, since 2000 she has served as a member of the Jury for International Literacy Prizes.  She is the author of over 15 books and numerous articles. Between 1990 and 1998 she wrote a weekly column on education in El Comercio, in Quito.

An article on Dr Rosa Maria Torres Del Castillo


Third Annual Julius Nyerere Memorial Lecture presented by Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in 2006


Biography of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka​

Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was a cabinet minister from 1996 and became Deputy President.

She is now executive director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women). She holds a Masters Degree in Philosophy from UCT, an Honorary Doctorate from UWC, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Witwatersrand Technikon in 2003.


Fourth Annual Julius Nyerere Memorial Lecture presented by Ms Anne Hope in 2007


Biography of Ms Anne Hope

M.Sc (Pastoral Counselling); MA (Adult Education)

Anne Hope is a South African feminist, educator, and activist, who has spent a large part of her life in Africa, training community developers and adult educators in the methods and approaches inspired by, amongst others, the acclaimed former President of Tanzania, Julius Nyerere, and the Brazilian educator and activist, Paulo Freire. She, together with her co-author Sally Timmel, published 4 volumes entitled “Training for Transformation”, which have been used by adult and community educators around the world for over twenty years. She attended a training workshop together with Julius Nyerere and Paulo Freire in Tanzania in the late 1960s before she went into exile in 1973.

During 1972 she worked with Steve Biko and a group of SASO students adapting Paulo Freire’s approach for use in Southern Africa, analysing the key issues of local communities,     preparing problem-posing materials and training them in adult education methods, group leadership skills and action planning and organisational development .  She has always told people that this was the most committed group of participants that she has ever worked with.

Anne’s years in exile were spent mainly in Kenya, Zimbabwe, and USA, working for the liberation of South Africans, through training grassroots development workers and activists in a `bottom up` approach to people’s development. She has been invited to train community educators in India, Philippines, Brazil, Portugal, many parts of Africa, and elsewhere. When she returned to South Africa in the early 1990s she helped to establish women’s development organizations of DELTA, Wheat Trust, the Grail Centre in Kleinmond, amongst others, which encourage participatory  approaches to leadership development. She is still active in training workshops, which bring women and men from countries of the south, to grapple with alternative understandings of development in a world dominated by neo-liberal economics. 

The topic for her `lecture` is: “Creating a convivial society: Insights from Julius Nyerere and Paulo Freire”. It is a participatory, creative event, which will encourage dialogue amongst all of us participants.  We warmly welcome Anne Hope to lead us.


Fifth Annual Julius Nyerere Memorial Lecture presented by Pregs Govender in 2008


Biography of Pregs Govender

Pregs Govender is the author of Love and Courage, A Story of Insubordination, a personal exploration of an alternative to the politics of hate, greed and fear. In the struggle against apartheid, Pregs served as an activist, teacher and trade unionist. In the union movement she served as National Educator before leading SA's first Workers College. She managed the Women's National Coalition, a coalition through which 2 million rural and urban women shaped SA’s transition and impacted on the Constitution. Elected ANC MP in 1994, Pregs initiated SA’s gender budgeting, which catalyzed similar initiatives globally. She chaired parliament’s Committee on Women, which ensured that 80% of women’s legislative priorities were enacted. In 2001 her presentation of this Committee's report on HIV/AIDS, broke the silence in the ANC Caucus caused by the President's position. She was the only MP to register opposition to SA’s arms-deal in the 2001 Defence Budget Vote itself and resigned in May 2002. Among other awards, Pregs received the first Ruth First Fellowship for courageous writing and activism. She works locally and globally building an alternative politics through writing, policy and education. She chairs the Independent Panel reviewing SA's Parliament and is a member of the Panel of Eminent Persons tasked with developing a global Human Rights Agenda by December 2008. She has two adult children and lives in Cape Town with her husband and youngest child. She practices yoga to sustain her activism.

Paper presented by Pregs Govender

Sixth Annual Julius Nyerere Memorial Lecture presented by Catherine A. Odora Hopper in 2009

Biography of Catherine A. Odora Hoppers

Professor Hoppers holds a South African Research Chair in Development Education at the University of South Africa. Prior to that, she was a technical adviser on Indigenous Knowledge Systems to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (South Africa) and led the Task Team to draft the national policy on Indigenous Knowledge Systems. She was a Distinguished Professional at the Human Sciences Research Council; an Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria; a visiting Professor at Stockholm University (Sweden); Scientific Coordinator and Campus Director for the Council for the Development of Social Science in Africa (CODESRIA) Annual Social Science Campus (2006); and a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Orebro University (Sweden), and an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. She was formerly a member of the International Faculty of the United Nations International Leadership Academy (Amman-Jordan); and is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.

Professor Hoppers is a scholar and policy specialist on International Development, education, North-South questions, disarmament, peace, and human security. She is a UNESCO expert in basic education, lifelong learning, and on Science and society; an expert to the World Economic Forum on benefit sharing and value addition protocols; and the World Intellectual Property Organisation on traditional knowledge and community intellectual property rights.


Paper presented by Odora Hopper

Seventh Annual Julius Nyerere Memorial Lecture presented by  Professor Tara Fenwick in 2010




Biography of Professor Tara Fenwick

Professor Tara Fenwick is a leading scholar and researcher into lifelong learning and work.  In 2010, she relocated to The Stirling Institute of Education, taking up a Chair in Professional Education. Formerly she was Professor and Head of Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her research has focused on lifelong learning and education in the everyday activity of ‘workplaces’ and organizations, with particular interest in understanding how identities, power relations and knowledge emerge in the rapidly changing conditions of globalized workplace practices. She has written extensively about theories of learning and gender in relation to work practices and education, most recently focusing on what some call ‘socio-material’ theories, particularly actor-network theory and complexity sciences. Her book Learning Through Experience: Troubling Assumptions and Intersecting Questions (Krieger, 2003) was granted the 2004 Cyril Houle Award of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education for Outstanding Contribution to Adult Education Literature.

Her recent books include:

Fenwick, T. & Edwards, R. (2010). Actor network theory in education. London: Routledge.

Fenwick, T. & Parsons, J. (2009). The art of evaluation: A handbook for educators and trainers. Toronto: Thompson Publishing.

Farrell, L. & Fenwick, T. (Eds.) (2007). Educating for the global workforce: Knowledge, knowledge work, and knowledge workers. London: Routledge.

An Article on Tara Fenwick

Eighth Annual Julius Nyerere Memorial Lecture presented by Kumi Naidoo in 2011

Biography of Kumi Naidoo

Kumi Naidoo was active in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa as well as pursuing gender equality and labour rights.  He has worked as a researcher, journalist, university lecturer, and youth counsellor over the years.  For 1998 to 2008 he was the Secretary General of CIVICUS, and the World Alliance for Citizen Participation.


As well as his role within Greenpeace, Kumi is the Chair of the Global Campaign for Climate Action (GCCA) ( and the Co-Chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) (, two of the largest coalition organisations in the environmental and development spheres respectively.


Ninth Annual Julius Nyerere Memorial Lecture presented by Carolyn Medel-Añonuevo in 2012

Biography of CarolyMedel-Añonuevo

Carolyn Medel-Añonuevo is the Deputy Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL).

Carolyn is from the Philippines where she was deeply involved in social movements as a feminist popular educator, before taking up the position at UIL in Germany.

For 20 years she  has been promoting and advocating for adult and lifelong learning across the globe.


Tenth Annual Julius Nyerere Memorial Lecture presented by Saleem Badat in 2013

Biography of Dr Saleem Badat

Dr Saleem Badat is the vice-chancellor of Rhodes University
His passion for education, particularly at tertiary level, was forged during a decade at the University of the Western Cape which he has built on throughout his life.
Dr Badat holds a number of degrees, as well as a certificate in higher education and science policy from Boston University, and honorary doctorates from the universities of the Free State and York in England.
He is also the recipient of a number of academic awards and fellowships, including the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship.
In 1999, he was the first CEO of the Council on Higher Education, which advises the South African minister of education on higher education policy issues.
As an author, his most recent work is 'The Forgotten People: Political Banishment Under Apartheid'. 

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