“A Conversation With…” is a series that explores the topics, experiences, and perspectives of Chemonics’ experts from around the world. This inaugural edition features Dr. Jennifer Swift-Morgan, a Fulbright U.S. scholar and a senior advisor at Chemonics, who spent one year in Cameroon teaching graduate students and working with faculty at the University of Yaoundé I, focusing on preparing the country’s young academics, policymakers, program managers, and social entrepreneurs to lead Cameroon’s sustainable development. In this video, she speaks with Chemonics colleague Chad Anderson, sharing her experience and the lessons she learned about the challenges of teaching in higher education, technology access and equity, and what it takes to do true country-led development. Dr. Swift-Morgan has worked to apply many of these lessons to the Chemonics-led Lecture Pour Tous program in Senegal, which was recently identified as one of the few highly effective large-scale learning reform initiatives in the world. Chemonics has also launched a fellowship program for our education specialists around the world as part of our efforts to strengthen ties and capacity across our global workforce. The program is reinforcing our community of practice with a year-long series of activities for cross-project learning, problem-solving, and to produce tools and resources promoting highly effective teaching in multiple contexts.
Banner image: Jennifer Swift-Morgan with several of her graduate students at the Faculty of Education Sciences, University of Yaoundé I. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Swift-Morgan.
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