Educators of the Mediterranean… …Up Close and Personal

Critical Voices from South Europe and the MENA region

  • Ronald G. Sultana

Part of the Comparative and International Education book series (CIEDV, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Gabi Baramki
    Pages 7-17
  3. Abdulkafi Albirini
    Pages 31-41
  4. Devorah Kalekin-Fishman
    Pages 43-58
  5. Ayla Oktay
    Pages 71-86
  6. Abdelbasit Gadour
    Pages 121-130
  7. Marianna Papastephanou
    Pages 141-151
  8. Marie Eliou
    Pages 153-162
  9. Luciano Benadusi
    Pages 173-182
  10. Mary Darmanin
    Pages 183-195
  11. António Nóvoa
    Pages 197-207
  12. Franco Ferrarotti
    Pages 209-221
  13. Aomar Boum
    Pages 237-244

About this book


“A score of prominent educators from South Europe and the Middle East and North Africa region speak about their upbringing, their educational and professional journeys, their academic achievements, and their struggles in order to enhance democracy, justice and equity in their countries and across the Mediterranean. The interviews in this volume shed light on educational movements, challenges, and aspirations in a region that is attaining increasing importance geo-politically, and in comparative and international studies. These are powerful and critical voices, providing readers with fresh, often unexpected insights about contexts, cultures, and convictions that deserve global attention. The interviews with these men and women inform, intrigue, but above all inspire, calling, as they do, for an earnest commitment to a vision of education as a transformative, democratising force. In contrast to the global, totalising discourse that has increasingly defined education in narrowly economistic terms, here are the beginnings of alternative agendas, inviting citizens to ‘read’ and decode the world around them, and to confront power, wherever it lies. In doing so, the educators in this volume draw upon and put at our disposal a wide array of theoretical lenses, nimbly weaving these within a narrative that speaks about a lifetime lived in the hope of making a difference. These, then, are vivid, engaging, and reflexive accounts, emerging from contexts where democracy has only recently taken root, if at all, and from a region that has come to symbolize the return of the political, and the reclaiming of the public sphere as a site for transformation, contestation, revolt, and hope.”

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronald G. Sultana
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MaltaMalta

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