INPE conference hosted by AAU


The 13th International Network of Philosophers of Education (INPE) conference was officially opened on August 15, 2012 at the Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Business and Economics campus. The conference held under the theme “Passion, Commitment and Justice in Education,” was held in Africa for the first time.
“It is a great pleasure for our nation to host such an event that contributes so much to the exchange of information and thoughts between countries,” stated Jeilu Oumer, Addis Ababa Universities Academic Vice President. Around 62 conference papers and symposia were presented at the conference by scholars who came from all over the world. The papers and discussions were divided into several sub-divisions such as ethical aspects of education, politics of education and human rights, equality and social justice. The conference had three plenary sessions one of which is the third McLaughlin Lecture held in honor of the late professor Terry McLaughlin who was former Chair of INPE.
Foreigners paid USD 300 and residents paid 120 Euros to attend the event.
There was some dissatisfaction among some presenters because the amount they were asked to pay to be able to attend the conference was too steep, in the end some couldn’t afford it and were excluded from the conference. “I don’t understand why they didn’t make it more affordable for the locals, it is ridiculous that they are asking us to pay that much, we simply cannot afford it,” stated one participant.
INPE grew out of an international conference of education held in Hungary in 1988. The aim of the INPE is to promote ideological tolerance in the field of education and the facilitation of better understanding between different schools of thought, exchange of information between participants, the encouragement of joint and comparative research, exchange of materials and co-operation in publishing and the organization of conferences to discuss current issues in depth and evolve new initiatives.