The 1st International Conference on Curriculum Development

Reconceptualising curriculum in the 21st century
for socio-economic Transformation


About thanks Giving

The ever-changing education environment and the labour market demands of the 21st century arising from ICT revolution, emerging of pandemics, climate change, gender and innovations have created challenges in the curriculum process. This calls for educationists to rethink how the curriculum should be designed and implemented to ensure the acquisition of the desired knowledge, skills, values and attitudes for social economic transformation.

Therefore, it is important for educationists across the globe to converge and discuss strategies for holistic learning to ensure the achievement of the desired competencies.

George Ladaah Openjuru
George Ladaah OpenjuruChairperson, NCDC Governing Council
Message from Chairperson Governing Council, NCDC
The NCDC is hosting a conference to celebrate its 50th anniversary, focusing on the theme of "Reconceptualising Curriculum in the 21st Century for Socio-Economic Transformation." The conference is important for the development of education in Africa as many countries are rethinking the design of their curricula to equip learners with the necessary skills and competencies to tackle the challenges of the VUCA world.

The sub-themes of the conference are well thought out and will consider the complexities of the world today. The Chairperson of the NCDC Governing Council expects that the conference will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and experiences among scholars, policymakers, and practitioners in the field of education to critically examine and redefine the curriculum to meet the needs of the 21st century and contribute to socio-economic transformation in Africa. The conference aims to find solutions to the challenges of the VUCA world and provide insight into the type of curricula that should be designed for future generations.
Dr Grace K. Baguma
Dr Grace K. BagumaDirector, NCDC
Message from The Director, NCDC
The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) in Uganda is celebrating its 50th anniversary and hosting a conference on reconceptualising the curriculum in the 21st century for socio-economic transformation. The conference theme and sub-themes address critical issues affecting the education sector, including the ICT revolution, emerging pandemics, climate change, gender, and innovations.

The NCDC is committed to creating a 21st-century curriculum that promotes critical thinking, creativity, and innovation, and equips young people with the skills and competencies required for the future workforce. The NCDC is also committed to localising and decolonising the curriculum by ensuring that young people learn about the country's rich cultural heritage and values. Stakeholder involvement, including teachers, parents, students, policymakers, and the private sector, is crucial to the success of curriculum development and implementation.

The conference aims to explore better ways of reconceptualising the curriculum as Uganda and Africa grapple with the need for socio-economic transformation.
Richard Irumba
Richard IrumbaChairperson, NCDC Governing Council
Message from The Editor in Chief

The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) is hosting the 1st International Conference on Trends in Curriculum Development and Implementation to commemorate its Golden Jubilee on 30th June 2023. The conference will be held physically and virtually, with 90 accepted abstracts and 50 full papers being presented under eight sub-themes related to the conference's theme of "Reconceptualising Curriculum in the 21st Century for Socio-Economic Transformation." The conference will feature four keynote speeches and a panel discussion, with a book of conference proceedings to be published on the NCDC website.

A conference dinner and cultural performance are scheduled, and a post-conference tour is available to delegates. The organisers expressed gratitude to the editorial board, the organising committee, and the conference sponsors.

Keynote Speakers

Sheikh Manssour Bin Musallam
Sheikh Manssour Bin MusallamSecretary General Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC)

H.E. Sheikh Manssour bin Mussallam is the Secretary-General of the Organisation of Educational Cooperation (OEC), which was established in 2020 to promote balanced and inclusive education. The OEC is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and represents countries from Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific Islands. Before joining the OEC, Sheikh Manssour was the president of the Education Relief Foundation (ERF) in Geneva, Switzerland. He believes in the transformative power of balanced and inclusive education and supports education forward-thinkers worldwide. Sheikh Manssour emphasizes that true inclusivity requires an indivisible combination of access to education, progressive social policies, and continuous innovation in curricula, content, and pedagogy.

Prof. Rosnani Hashim
Prof. Rosnani HashimFounder - Director IE Consultancy, Malaysia

Prof. Rosnani Hashim is the Founder-Director of IE Consultancy and Services, and was previously the Dean and Professor of Social Foundations of Education in the Faculty of Education at the International Islamic University Malaysia. Her areas of specialization include Social Foundations of Islamic Education, Mathematics Education, and the Pedagogy of Philosophical Inquiry. She is known for pioneering the Hikmah Pedagogy of philosophical inquiry and has held various leadership roles within the university, including as Dean of the Faculty, Director of the Centre for Teaching Thinking, and Director of International Institute of Islamic Thought IIIT. She has authored several works, including History, Theory and Practice of Philosophy for Children: International Perspectives and Towards an Islamic Curriculum: Principles and Issues, as well as children's novels to accompany the Hikmah Pedagogy.

Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo
Ahmad Kawesa SengendoAssistant Secretary General in charge of Economic Affair at Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

Dr Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo is currently the Assistant Secretary General in charge of Economic Affairs at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He also serves as a Member of the Board of Trust of the Muslim World League. Previously, he was the Rector of the Islamic University in Uganda from 2004 to 2020. Dr Sengendo has held various executive positions in educational organizations such as the Inter-University Council of East Africa and the Federation of Universities of the Muslim World. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Education, a Master of Science in Education, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree. Dr Sengendo is a prolific author and has presented papers in over 300 national and international conferences. He has received recognition for his contributions to youth, needy persons, and humanity.

Paul Muyinda Birevu
Paul Muyinda BirevuDirector, Institute of ODeL, Makerere University-Uganda

Prof. Muyinda is an Associate Professor of Open, Distance and eLearning (ODeL) at Makerere University. He is also the Director of the Institute of Open, Distance and eLearning and a certified Blended Learning developer. He is known for his work in online and mobile learning and founded the Mobile Research Supervision Initiative and other frameworks. He is the Chairperson of the task force for implementing online learning at Makerere University and successfully transitioned the university to emergency ODeL during the COVID-19 pandemic. His current research project is on enhancing the behavioural change of Boda-Boda Riders in Uganda using mobile learning.

Message from The First Lady & Honorable Minister of Education and Sports (Uganda)

HON.JANET KATAAHA MUSEVENIThe First Lady & Minister of Education and Sports

Our esteemed delegates,

  • Uganda's National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) has organized the first international curriculum conference to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The conference aims to reconceptualize the curriculum for the 21st century to promote socio-economic development. Uganda, like other African countries, has signed various international declarations that emphasize access to quality education and skills development. The implementation of these declarations in Uganda has been done through the Uganda Vision '2040 and the National Development Plan (NDP) III, which emphasize human capital development.

    A good curriculum is essential for human capital development; therefore, it is necessary to examine and foster the country's curricula. The curriculum is viewed as a vehicle for the philosophy and national goals of any country, as it guides the knowledge, skills, and values to be imparted to learners. The conference is timely, given the challenges facing most countries, such as unemployment, environmental degradation, climate change, pandemics, and the demand for 21st-century skills.

    The focus of the conference should be on the long-term goals of education for respective countries. At the end of the conference, each participant is expected to have insights into what can work best for their education system and advocate for the implementation of proposed solutions for the good of future generations.