Wednesday 12 December saw the launch of PiNNacle, an innovative research project which aims to build teaching capacity in the developing world. Led by Professors Deirdre Raftery and Marie Clarke in the School of Education, this project will identify and promote what is best in teacher education for women teachers in developing contexts and provide generous Masters scholarships for women teachers from pilot schools in India and Pakistan to study at UCD.
We were pleased to welcome the Presentation Sisters, who have so generously supported this project, Ambassador Sandeep Kumar from the Embassy of India and Ambassador Shuja Alam from the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Both Ambassadors were eager to express their full support of PiNNacle and the education and empowerment of girls and women in India and Pakistan. Sister Margarita spoke so impassionately about their ‘explicit mission to work for the transformation of unjust systems, the Integrity of Creation, and the flourishing of humanity and earth’. She also spoke about the Presentation Sisters’ commitment in ‘supporting important projects that strive to eliminate human trafficking, eradicate rape as a weapon of war, resist gender-based violence and violence against women, defend indigenous peoples and migrants, and support the education of girls and women’.
We used this important event to congratulate Dr Mags Liddy on becoming the new Nano Nagle Newman Fellow in Education, who will spend the next two years researching sustainable models of teacher education for developing world contexts. Congratulations to the School of Education and UCD Foundation for enabling this worthwhile collaboration.