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Public Lecture by Dr Dwight Allen


Public Lecture


Dr. Dwight Allen


Lessons from China and Africa

Ultimately we will all come to recognize that we are all a part of one human family. We can choose to focus on our commonalities or our differences but we all have lessons to teach each other, and we all have much to learn from each other. A feedback protocol, called 2+2, born in the Namibian desert helped rural teachers in the mountains of Yunnan, China, become better teachers – and American teachers continue to be the beneficiaries as well. Traditional cultures have always counted on the stability of society and slow, evolutionary changes. “It’s always been this way.” Instantaneous global communication, interaction, and interdependence has changed that – for the better and for the worse as we will examine in the rural areas of western China and the desert of Botswana. We will play with some of the paradoxes of perception: Shanghai is the most modern city in the world, Botswana lends money to The International Monetary Fund. The elegance of six flavors of Chinese cuisine, the awe of total eclipse in Zimbabwe, the four classes of train service in a classless society – we will explore together the many joys of new perspectives on our own ways of doing things.

Date: 25th of January 2010

Time: 6.00 – 7.00 p.m.

Refreshments will be served from 5.30 – 6.00 p.m.

Venue: United States-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission Auditorium

New Address: 22 Flower Terrace (off Flower Road), Colombo 7

Entry: By prior registration – seating on a first-come first-served basis.

Call: 471- 8744 to register

Dwight W. Allen is Emeritus Eminent Scholar of Educational Reform at Old Dominion University. For 16 years he worked with the World Bank and The United Nations Development Program as chief technical advisor and international advisor for the largest UNDP education programs in China. For the past three years he has consulted with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help devise strategies to bring better information to Smallholder farmers in South Asia and Africa.