Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education (QMUC) has been actively engaged in the field of early childhood education (ECE) in Southern and Eastern Africa since 1999. This has developed into a strong and active network of partner institutions focusing on Early Childhood Teacher Education.
We have ambitions to increase the number of activities for mutual benefit and quality enhancement. This is in alignment with QMUC's strategic priorities that emphasises the UN sustainable development goals, strengthened international involvement, quality ensured staff and student exchanges, as well as researching and making visible children's needs and rights both nationally and internationally.
A collaboration with STADIO Faculty of Education (Durban, South Africa) that focuses on developing a digital based platform in order to strengthen the quality of the internship and the learning processes of exchange student in practical training and studies abroad. The project is funded by DIKU, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education.
Erasmus+ Global Mobility:
Through the Erasmus Global Mobility scholarships it is possible for students from STADIO Faculty of Education to spend one semester at QMUC. The coursework includes 25 days of practical training in a local kindergarten. The mobility is postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19.
The network consists of Early childhood Teachers educators from the following countries: Tanzania, Eswatini, Mozambique, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia and QMUC, Norway. The network's activities have developed since the start 22 years ago. Today, the network activities are coordinated by Gracena Luambano, Director of St. Mary's Teachers Training College (Tanzania).
The network’s current focus is action research projects, training and supervision. The project is financed by DIGNI through the Norwegian Pentecostal Mission.