WCTE 2023

Second World Conference on Transformative Education (WCTE)

“The Future of Africa and the Role of Transformative Education”

University of Cape Coast
Cape Coast, Ghana
May 18-20, 2023



Second World Conference on Transformative Education (WCTE)

The planners for the 2023 WCTE are excited to announce that the conference, previously postponed due to COVID-19, will be held in the summer of 2023.

Current Situation

The World Conference on Transformative Education (WCTE) will convene May 18-20, 2023. If your proposal was accepted for the 2020 conference, you will be allowed to present. We encourage you to contact conference planners if you wish to use your previous proposal. You are also allowed to modify it to reflect the new theme that will be shared later this fall. All substantially modified proposals will be subject to another round of blind reviews.

Individuals or institutional sponsors may propose to organize a panel of presentations on a related subject, with each presenter offering a perspective on the topic. Panels may include a chair/moderator, 3 or 4 presenters, and a discussant. Each presenter will be allotted 20 minutes to deliver his/her paper, allowing 20 minutes at the end of the panel for commentary by the discussant, and 10 minutes for questions and answers.

Panel proposals must include information on all proposed participants and must indicate that they have been contacted and they have agreed to participate. The individual submitting the proposal will be the sole contact person regarding the conference.

Transformative Schools in Africa Presentations (60 minutes) Individual Papers (20 minutes)

Individual paper submissions will be grouped together by the program committee (not more than 3 papers will be grouped) to form a more intimate Discussion Room. Discussion Room will be the primary venue for individual paper submissions. Discussion Room will provide for an intense hour of conversations between presenters and attendees concerning related and emergent topics.

Round Table Discussions (60 minutes)

Individuals or institutional sponsors may propose to organize a round table discussion on a topic related to the theme of the conference. Like panels, round table discussions are coordinated by a moderator, and offer different perspectives on the proposed topic. Presentation time for each discussant is limited to 5-7 minutes. The majority of the session is devoted to dialogue between the discussants and the audience. In the best round tables, the speakers are aware of each other’s work and views; they refute or support those views in their own talks. There is substantive interchange, as well as the chance to go in-depth. Proposals for round table discussions must include information on all proposed discussants. The individual submitting the proposal will be the sole contact person regarding the round table discussion.

Interactive Workshops (60 minutes)

Presenters spend a short amount of time on the delivery of the pedagogical concept, theory or model, and the majority of the session is devoted to direct, hands‐on participation by the attendees. Workshops are organized to address a theme; discussion is informal and interactive, and papers are not presented.

School Presentations (60 minutes)

P-12 (Pre-nursery through high school) teachers in Africa with sound knowledge of transformative teaching and learning practices that are currently part of their curriculum are invited to submit a proposal. If selected, they will be invited to the conference with a group of their students to present one of their transformative lessons. Their proposal will have to demonstrate clear evidence of transformative learning as an outcome of the lesson presentation. Scholarships will be available for roundtrip travels, room, and board. Proposals from schools whose overall mission is predicated on student-centered learning will be given a priority.

Public Action/Art Exhibition

We will have a number of spaces available throughout the program for public actions/art exhibitions. These types of presentations are intended to foster critical and public dialogue and should be considered spaces for social action and public pedagogy. Presentation time and venue is flexible and dependent on presenter needs with these types of presentations—indicate your audio-visual and material needs.

Book Talks (60 minutes)

If you have recently published a book that charts a new direction for Africa and that benefits teachers and education policy makers, this venue would be perfect for you.

Download the updated Call for Proposals

(New submission deadline December 31, 2022)

Click Here to Submit Your Proposal


For more information about the conveners, view the Meet the Convener’s page.

Michael T. Ndemanu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA

Daniel Baron, Ph.D. (ABD)
Founder of Bloomington Project School, Indiana, USA

Ernest Kofi Davis, Ph.D.
Provost, College of Education Studies
University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Isaac Galyuon, Ph.D.
Professor of Plant Physiology & Molecular Biology
College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences
University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Dora F. Edu-Buandoh Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Serafin M. Coronel-Molina, Ph.D.
Indiana University Bicentennial Professor
Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA

Winnie Mucherah, Ph.D.
Professor of Developmental Psychology
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA

Tom J. McConnell, Ph.D
Professor of Science Education,
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA

Judah Ndiku, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Management
Director, Curriculu Review and Development
Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology
Kakamega, Kenya

Venicia McGhie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education and Literacy
Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
University of the Western Cape
Cape Town, South Africa

Moses E. Ochonu, Ph.D.
Professor of African History
Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair in History
Vanderbilt University, Nashville–Tennessee, USA

View the Appendix to the CFP for a description of Transformative Education.