Editorial: Releasing the Vol.2 No. 1 of Global Comparative Education: Journal of the WCCES
N’Dri T. Assié-Lumumba Cornell University 20 June 2018
We are delighted to bring to you the second issue, Vol 2 No 1, of our peer-reviewed Global Comparative Education: Journal of the WCCES. The Journal publishes articles submitted in any of the six official languages of the United Nations: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. Following the first issue in 2017, it will henceforth appear twice annually, in March and September as initially planned.
The first issue was released during the 52nd Executive Committee meeting that was hosted by l’Université de Corse et l’Association Francophone d’Éducation Comparée –AFEC on the occasion of their joint colloquium on “Diversité culturelle et citoyenneté : Enjeux éducatifs à l'heure de la globalisation” held at the University of Corsica, Corte (Corsica, France) in October 2017. It is significant that the first part of the second issue is released in June 2018 on the occasion of three main WCCES events that are held in Johannesburg (South Africa) and hosted by the Ali Mazrui Center for Higher Education at the University of Johannesburg jointly with Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society (IOCES) and Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society (SACHES): the first ever retreat of the WCCES since its inception, the 53rd Executive Committee of WCCES, and the first between-congresses symposium entitled “Comparative Education for Global Citizenship, Peace and Harmony through Ubuntu” along with the 5th IOCES international conference on “Rethinking Epistemologies and Innovating Pedagogies to Foster Global Peace.”
We continue to make every effort to establish and sustain a stellar reputation with quality assurance, diverse perspectives and regular periodicity for the Journal. Vol. 2 No. 1 includes four regular articles (two in English and two in French), two articles on profiles of comparative educators, and two book reviews. The next issue (Vol. 2 No. 2) of the journal is already lined up to appear in September 2018.
It is very important to acknowledge, on behalf of WCCES, the contributions of so many colleagues along the way, whose continued enthusiasm and unfailing support have steered us to the production of this second volume about a year after the project was formulated and planned. I would like to thank a few among a larger group of supporters and well-wishers, who made invaluable contributions on so many critical fronts at different stages in the process of producing this issue: Eve Coxon, Kanishka Bedi, James Jacob, and Aïcha Maherzi. I thank Greg Misiaszek for his role in editorial management and coordination of the translation of the abstracts. I would like to express our gratitude to the members of the Advisory Board and the Editorial Committee. I wish to thank also many other colleagues who, even if they are not on the editorial committee, enthusiastically served as reviewers, often on very short notice. A few articles could not be revised satisfactorily in time to be included in this volume. However, we thank those reviewers as well for their recommendations in compliance with our rigorous standards and those authors who submitted such papers and hope they will be revised to satisfaction for publication in future volumes. I would also like to express a special word of gratitude to the team that took on the translation and proofreading of the different versions of the papers and abstracts in the different languages.
I wish to express special thanks to James Jacob as the WCCES Historian who worked tirelessly to author, with colleagues, articles on profiles of Erwin Epstein and Vandra Masemann, two comparative education scholars who have played significant roles in member societies, namely Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC) and in WCCES. As Associate Editor, James has also shared his expertise and experience in copyediting. I would also like to thank Erwin Epstein and Vandra Masemann for their collaboration and generous sharing of information that, albeit only a glimpse into their prolific intellectual journeys, have enriched the profiles produced for this volume. We will work with the History Team, under the able leadership of James Jacob, to continue to bring more profiles to light for lessons, inspiration and just fun reading.
Many colleagues volunteered for other tasks that made a difference. Please, receive our deep expression of gratitude.
As indicated last year, the advisory board and the editorial committee will expand to increase inclusiveness so that we may have at any time a larger pool of scholars with vast disciplinary, local, national, regional and global expertise and ensure that with the bountiful language proficiency of members of the WCCES constituent societies we sustain quality contributions in different languages. Even if you are not formally on the editorial committee, you will be contacted, as we have already done, to assist with the review of the submissions and/or translations in the different languages.
I would like to reiterate that the vitality, sustained quality and regular periodicity of this journal will be a reflection of the continued support and commitment of each and all of us in the comparative education community. Happy reading!