Inequitable access to educational opportunities is a major source of disadvantage which risks locking in social exclusion across generations.  What role should institutions play in countering polarisation in society - and how might they best do this? How can institutions and academics secure and promote "truth"? What contribution might international collaboration make?

From Afghanistan we will hear from the founder of the Moraa Educational Complex. An educational institute run by and for women providing security, education and training opportunities which would otherwise be inaccessible. From Bangladesh, a feminist perspective on access to higher education, drawing on a long tradition of women’s writing to advocate for change in institutions. Examples from Nigeria will highlight issues of inequality of access and social exclusion which are leading to polarisation of societies.

The session will ask delegates if they have examples from their own practice or organisation of collaborative work that addresses inequalities in access to higher education, and explore what an effective national policy to address inequalities in higher education participation looks like.

SPEAKERS

Chair: Dr Graeme Atherton, Director, National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) (UK).

Mr Dr. Aziz Amir - MD MSc EdD, President, Moraa Educational Complex (Afghanistan).

Prof. Vibcent Ado Tenebe, Vice Chancellor, Taraba State University, Jalingo Taraba State (Nigeria).

Miss Rasha Tarek, GM Pakistan, Clinova (Pakistan)