Tune in to SHLC’s first podcast and go on a journey across the world as you listen to school stories from our project colleagues who grew up at different times in different cities across Africa and Asia.

Reflecting on how rapid urbanisation and the move to cities impact learning educational opportunities, this first podcast asks: does it matter where and when you go to school? Quite simply, of course it does.

In a series of interviews, our host – Michele Schweisfurth – investigates the relationship between politics and schooling.  The interviewees who share their personal stories are all part of SHLC’s international team of researchers:

  • Ya Ping Wang – our project leader from the University of Glasgow reflects on his experiences of schooling during the Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976)
  • Ivan Turokfrom the Human Sciences Research Council in Cape Town, shares memories of the latter part of the apartheid period in South Africa (1948-1994) much of which he spent in exile with his activist parents
  • Caryn Abrahamsfrom the University of Witwatersrand recounts stories from the end of the same regime, when her Indian school community prepared for the transition to de-segregation
  • Irene Moshiwith the Ifakara Health Institute discusses how the legacy of Julius Nyerere (President of Tanzania1965-1985) has lived on and was still influencing schooling years later
  • Amin Kamete – from the University of Glasgow recounts his experiences before and after the transition in 1980 when Southern Rhodesia officially became the Independent Republic of Zimbabwe
  • Tanjil Sowgatfrom the University of Khulna in Bangladesh shares his experiences of military schools during multiple political transitions.

This first episode is part of a series of three podcasts focusing on education.  Each will explore how where and when people go to school profoundly shapes their childhood experiences, and potentially impacts on their life choices and chances.

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This podcast was produced by Gail Wilson, with contributions from Rhona Brown, Yulia Nesterova, Shilpi Roy, Andreas Scheba, Graeme Young and Francis Levira.