African Early Career Researchers in Education (AECRE) conducted an Emerging Researchers Writing Workshop at Midlands State University’s Gweru Main Campus. The workshop was facilitated by Dr Faith Mkwananzi from the University of the Free State in South Africa.
Addressing workshop participants, Midlands State University Executive Dean of Research and Postgraduate Studies, Professor Laurine Chikoko said the workshop will go a long way in fostering collaborative research as well as make research writing easier.
In her presentation, Dr Mkwananzi outlined the basics and mediums of academic writing and stressed the importance of collaboration between African junior and senior academics.
“The global academic world needs junior and senior scholars in Africa to unite and this will increase the footprint of African researchers globally.
“This is the reason why we started AECRE and I have come to MSU to educate early career researches on the basics of academic writing, the purpose and where to publish their academic writings.
“AECRE seeks to produce the next generation of education researchers of African origin who will collaborate, be globally recognised as thought leaders and drive evidence-based decision-making on education in Africa,” she said.
Dr Mkwananzi taught workshop participants how to write blogs, conference papers, working papers, journal articles and books for academic purposes.
The blended workshop was attended by postgraduate students and staff from across the University’s various campuses.
AECRE is a network of African early career researchers, based in Africa or the diaspora, who conduct and implement research relevant to education in Africa.

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