Dr Farid Panjwani, Assistant Professor at AKU-ISMC, joined educational professionals including curriculum developers and assessment experts of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organisation for a one-day seminar aimed at extending and challenging the understanding of the nature of culture and its implications for the development of curriculum and assessment in the context of international education.
At the seminar, held in Cardiff on 21 January 2011, Dr Panjwani presented on Culture and Curriculum: Competencies, Barriers and Pedagogies. His talk began with a brief overview of the recent scholarship on education about culture, after which he discussed the role of the arts and literature in nurturing the narrative imagination of students, drawing in particular on the work of Martha Nussbaum and Isaiah Berlin. Dr Panjwani also shared his experiences of contributing to the design of the AKU-ISMC’s MA in Muslim Cultures curriculum, discussing the barriers in promoting a quality cultural education.
There were two other presentations in the seminar in which issues of defining inter-cultural education and the role of language in promoting cultural understanding were discussed.
The IB is a Swiss-based not-for profit foundation which offers high quality and challenging educational programmes for a worldwide community of schools. For over 40 years, IB programmes have gained a reputation for their high academic standards, for preparing students for life in a globalised 21st century, and for helping to develop the citizens who will create a better, more peaceful world.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Foundation and the IB have a Memorandum of Understanding, providing a framework for strengthened cooperation in the advancement of education and the improvement of delivery of education services through AKDN agencies such as the Aga Khan Academies, the Aga Khan Education Services, the Aga Khan University and the University of Central Asia.
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