iBali Network

The iBali network is a collective of scholars, activists and participatory practitioners working across Africa on issues of exclusion.


iBali Network

Storytelling approaches for improving education quality in Africa.

The objective of iBali is to establish an international network that applies arts and humanities approaches to social issues in urban secondary schools in Africa.

The network has been funded by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council. It brings together team of experienced scholars from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Sweden and the UK, who will work with African early career researchers and practitioners.

The idea is to share practices and experience of high-quality, ethical, locally engaged, culturally appropriate, participatory storytelling research methodologies for working with teachers and learners to address learning exclusions.

The funded activities will create the conditions and relationships to sustain an ongoing network to support, highlight and apply the results of this important work in, and beyond, Africa.

This is a call for expressions of interest for ECRs to attend a methodological development workshop in South Africa in March 2018. There are up to 10 funded places available (including travel, workshop attendance, accommodation and meals). The workshop will:

  • focus on conceptualising, sharing and developing skills in storytelling methodologies;
  • work with young people to test out and refine the methodologies;
  • partner ECRs with experienced mentors; and
  • pave the way for the development of collaborative research proposals.