Language and inclusion in a refugee setting

Watch a recording of this webinar, which took place on Tuesday, 16 July 2024, where Rod Hicks and Lucy Maina facilitated a discussion on the role of language in ensuring inclusion in a complex language setting.

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Who is this webinar for?

Please note that the content of this webinar is tailored for teacher educators and teachers who are engaged in facilitating the professional development of others.

What is this webinar about?

The role of language in ensuring inclusion in a complex language setting; Rod Hicks, Regional Education Lead Advisor for Sub Saharan Africa for the Education Development Trust and Lucy Maina, Program Director for coastal region projects at the International Research & Exchanges Board, discuss strategies that are offered to teachers in Uganda schools impacted by refugees to ensure language is used in a way that allows all to learn and achieve their potential.

About the speakers

Lucy Maina is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in programme development, education, and public health management. Lucy has worked in various countries as a trainer, researcher, in policy formulation, management and fundraising. She has worked on language in conflict, language policy and in refugee and development settings. Lucy is passionate about ensuring quality education for children and youth and believes in lifelong learning. She is dedicated to organisational effectiveness and improved impact through effective management and development processes.

Rod Hicks is an education consultant who has worked for British Council, and Education Development Trust among other organisations. He has worked in a range of countries in Africa as a teacher, trainer, curriculum developer and researcher and more recently has been involved in working on language in conflict and refugee settings. His interests include foundational learning, curriculum implementation language policy and relevant subject pedagogies. At present he is based in both UK and Kenya.

Rod and Lucy have been involved in the research and strategies developed under British Council’s Language for Resilience (L4R) program in Uganda.

Supporting material for this webinar

Pre-webinar reading

Find out more about our webinar theme with our suggested pre-reading: Language for Resilience: A handbook for teachers of refugees 

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