Meet the Peace and Reconciliation Challenge Grantees 2021

Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Challenge Grants

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Candace Brunette-Debassige

Western University, Canada

Candace Brunette-Debassige is a Mushkego Cree scholar originally from Treaty 9 Territory working in the fields of Indigenous Studies and critical leadership and policy in higher education. She is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University located London Ontario, Canada original homelands to the Anishnabek, Haudenausaunee and Lenapewak People.

Beyond her scholarship, Brunette-Debassige brings extensive leadership experiences working in Indigenous education at the K-12 and postsecondary levels. She has served as Acting Vice Provost /Associate Vice President (Indigenous Initiative), Special Advisor to the Provost (Indigenous), and Director of Indigenous Student Services at Western, where she was actively involved in the development of Western’s first Indigenous Strategic Plan after the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015.

Brunette-Debassige’s research centres on the liberatory struggles of Indigenous Peoples in Euro-Western colonial educational settings in Canada. Her areas of research and teaching expertise focus in the areas of Indigenizing and decolonizing education, Indigenous educational leadership, Indigenous policy, and Indigenous research methodologies.

She has taught courses in 'Aboriginal Education: Toward a Decolonizing Pedagogy and Becoming Educational Leaders’ as part of Western’s Indigenous educational programming.

Dr Tendayi Marovah

Dr Tendayi Marovah

Midlands State University, Zimbabwe

Dr Tendayi Marovah is a researcher and academic teaching History Education at Midlands State University. He is also a Research Fellow at the University of the Free State, under the Centre for Development Support, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.

His research interests include curriculum and pedagogy, higher education, social justice, human development, and theorising using Ubuntu and the capability approach. He is currently undertaking a United Kingdom AHRC- GCRF funded research work focusing on ‘Decolonising Education for Peace in Africa’.

Olivia Opere

Dr Olivia A Opere

Kenyatta University, Kenya

Dr Olivia A Opere is a teacher educator at the Department of Educational Foundations, Kenyatta University. She holds a PhD in Sociology of Education, a Master of Education degree in Educational Foundations and a Bachelors of Education Degree in Home Economics.

Olivia is an educationist with over 20 years of experience in teaching and participating in various educational programmes. Her area of expertise includes interrelated transformative education fields such as Peace Education, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED and is a trainer of trainers on the use of transformative pedagogy for peacebuilding and prevention of violent extremism through youth empowerment.

Olivia has a strong research interest in peace education and has conducted research in various fields of education at national and international levels. Olivia is an Earth Charter affiliate and a member of the Kappa Delta Pi, International Honour Society in Education and Women Education Researchers of Kenya.

Kalyani Unkule

Dr Kalyani Unkule

Jindal Global University, India

Dr Kalyani Unkule is Associate Professor at Jindal Global Law School and Director and Head of the Office of Alumni Relations, Jindal Global University. She is also a visiting professor at ISDE Law and Business School in Spain and Stockholm University Faculty of Law in Sweden.

Having completed her BA and MA degrees respectively in Economics and Social Work, in 2007 she received the Erasmus Mundus scholarship to pursue MA/MSc Global Studies at London School of Economics and University of Leipzig. Her doctoral work at Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, was at the intersection of international relations theory and international law. 

She is the author of ‘Internationalising the University: A Spiritual Approach’, published by Palgrave Macmillan and ‘Reframing International Cooperation: the case of Protecting Cultural Heritage’ (forthcoming). Kalyani regularly appears as an expert commentator on global affairs on India’s most respected national news network NDTV 24/7.