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Professor UKZN Wins World Award



Professor UKZN Wins World Award

Professor UKZN Wins World Award. Professor Claudia Mitchell, an Honorary Professor at the School of Education, has been granted the esteemed 2024 José Vasconcelos World Award of Education by the World Cultural Council (WCC).

This accolade, bestowed upon educators who have made remarkable contributions to the enhancement and broadening of teaching and learning, underscores Mitchell’s profound impact on society’ educational landscape.

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Recognizing Excellence in Education

Education stands as the cornerstone of societal progress, with educators like Professor Claudia Mitchell serving as beacons of inspiration and change. Mitchell’s dedication to nurturing young minds, particularly girls and young women, has earned her international acclaim and reverence.

Her recent recognition by the World Cultural Council reaffirms her pivotal role in fostering social transformation through education.

Professor Claudia Mitchell Achievement: A Testament to Dedication

Expressing her gratitude for the prestigious award, Professor Mitchell humbly acknowledges the collaborative efforts of her doctoral students at McGill University’s Participatory Cultures Lab in Canada, as well as the unwavering support of her colleagues at the Faculty of Education.

She draws inspiration from her exceptional peers at the Centre for Visual Methodologies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, highlighting their commitment to empowering rural communities.

Empowering Marginalized Communities: Mitchell Lifelong Mission

Throughout her illustrious career, Professor Mitchell has remained steadfast in her commitment to education, particularly in rural settings. Her endeavors extend beyond conventional academic boundaries, encompassing initiatives aimed at combating HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence.

Mitchell impact resonates not only in South Africa but also in nations like Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Russia, where she has spearheaded transformative educational interventions.

The Establishment of The Centre For Visual Methodologies: A Catalyst for Change

Professor Mitchell’s visionary leadership led to the establishment of the Centre for Visual Methodologies for Social Change at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. This initiative serves as a hub for innovative research and collaborative endeavors, further amplifying Mitchell’s influence in advancing educational methodologies for social impact.

Acknowledgment from the World Cultural Council Reverence for Mitchell Contributions

Sir Fraser Stoddart, President of the World Cultural Council, lauds Professor Mitchell for her exceptional mentorship and collaborative spirit. Mitchell’s inclusive approach to education has fostered vibrant communities of scholars, transcending geographical boundaries to foster meaningful collaborations worldwide. Her unwavering commitment to social change serves as an inspiration to all who strive for a more equitable and inclusive society.


As Professor Claudia Mitchell prepares to receive the 2022 José Vasconcelos World Award of Education at the University of Coimbra in Portugal, her remarkable journey serves as a testament to the transformative power of education.

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