18/07/2020 at 4:03 pmUNIVERSITY-OF-ABUJA-OPEN-UNIVERSITY-UK-COLLABORATE-WITH-PADEAP-ON-PEACE-BUILDING-PROJECT
The University of Abuja has been chosen to partner with the Open University, UK and Pan African Development Education and Advocacy Programme (PADEAP), a Non-Governmental Organization, in a sponsored project on peace building and education in Africa.
The project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will be carried out simultaneously in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda and Nigeria. The sum of 66,736.63 British pound sterling has been budgeted for the Nigerian component of the project.
A letter from the Open University, UK, read in part, “this project builds up a picture how peace is understood across different locales around the world, and how these versions of peace can be implemented through peace- building educational projects initially across 46 case study countries and then across 15 other case countries.” The partnership will see the University of Abuja, among other responsibilities, handle the intellectual leadership and academic shaping of research design, and project delivery and its outcomes starting from 1st April 2020 till the 31st March 2024, unless an extension is required. Dr Abubakar Umar Kari of the Sociology Department, University of Abuja, who won the grant and will lead and coordinate the Nigerian component of the project, said he was much honored to drive such a huge and important project, adding that “the choice of the University underscores the fact that great things are happening in the UofA under the current Vice –Chancellor, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah.”