African-Finnish Network for Inclusive Teacher Education (AFNITE)

Coordinator University of Jyväskylä
Contact details

Tuija Koponen intl(a)
Professor Raija Pirttimaa raija.pirttimaa(a)

Budget €131 000
Duration 6/2013 – 8/2015
Academic field Education
Funding since 2013


Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences (JAMK),Teacher Education College, Finland
Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, Kenya
Sebastian Kolowa Memorial University (SEKOMU), Faculty of Education, Tanzania
University of Dar Salaam (UDSM), School of Education, Tanzania
Addis Ababa University (AAU), College of Education, Ethiopia
Dilla University (DU), Faculty of Pedagogical Science, Ethiopia

Brief Description:

The African-Finnish Network for Inclusive Teacher Education (AFNITE) focuses on reduction of inequality in lifelong learning. Here the term ‘inclusive education’ is defined in the broad sense, referring to all but also recognising the existing marginalisation, which hinders reaching the UN Millennium Development Goals concerning education and the Education For All targets in Africa.

The overall objective of AFNITE is reduction of inequalities in post-primary education and lifelong learning in the participating countries as called for by the education sector plans and ADEA with reference to EFA targets and MDGs. AFNITE creates ‘a critical mass’, i.e. a network of university teachers and future teachers with shared knowledge concerning inclusive teacher education and lifelong learning. The objectives of the two-year project are to:

  1. define criteria for good inclusive practices in post-primary education and lifelong learning by online collaboration
  2. identify good inclusive practices in post-primary education and lifelong learning in the participating countries by exchange activities including tasks and study visits
  3. share information and experiences during exchange activities
  4. deepen understanding of educational inclusion through intensive courses
  5. disseminate information in the participating HEIs and among their stakeholders.
Funded Activities
Number of Teacher Exchanges: 8
Number of Student Exchanges: 13
Number of Administrative Visits and Network Meetings: 1
Number of Intensive Courses: 1

Brief Description of the Intensive Course(s):

Inclusive lifelong learning and transitions in lifelong learning, Kenya, 15-25 students, 5-10 teachers, lectures, workshops, study visits, etc.

  • Concepts of inclusive lifelong learning
  • Inclusive lifelong learning in Kenya
  • Inclusive teacher education in lifelong learning
  • Transition phases in lifelong learning: good inclusive practices in transitions
  • Inclusive teacher education in transitions

Inclusive education for work, Ethiopia, 15-25 students, 5-10 teachers, lectures, workshops, study visits, etc.

  • Inclusive education for work
  • Implementation of inclusive TVET strategy in Ethiopia
  • Inclusive teacher education in TVET
  • Study visits

Brief Description of Possible Dissemination Measures:

The main medium for dissemination will be the internet site for the project with reports on exchange activities, intensive course materials, recorded presentations and reports. The site will form a basis for a generic material bank on inclusive lifelong learning in Sub-Saharan Africa for the participating universities and others, and provide also links to other inclusive lifelong learning initiatives. The final comprehensive report will be published in a peer-reviewed international journal and contribute to the international academic and practical discussion on the theme: Inclusive teacher education for lifelong learning. The coordinator, JYU will bear the main responsibility for the final publication which will open opportunities for extending and complementing the AFNITE activities towards joint research projects and policy-practice dialogue.