Staff Profiles

Prof. Lily Mafela

Lily Mafela
Faculty of Education


Location: 231/109
Phone: +267 3552171
Email Prof. Lily Mafela

BEd, History (UB)

MEd, History Education (Bristol)

MA, History (Northwestern, Evanston)

PhD, History (Northwestern, Evanston)

MBA, Entrepreneurship Education (De Montfort)

Lily Mafela is a Professor of History and History Education, and is currently serving as the Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Botswana. Mafela studied history and history education at universities in the UK and the USA. Her doctoral dissertation, funded by a competitive award from the Rockefeller Foundation of New York focused on gender analysis of the history of education in pre-colonial and colonial Botswana. She has published widely in the fields of history and education, with a particular focus on issues of social inclusion in education delivery, and in historical writing. She has researched and led consultancy projects for the Government of Botswana and multilateral agencies such as UNICEF and UNESCO on education and school history issues. Her professional work on the regional and international platforms included Executive Board membership of the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA), Association for African Historians (AAH).and latterly as Member and Rapporteur of the International Scientific Committee of the UNESCO Project on the Pedagogical Use of the General History of Africa Volumes (PUGHA) that began work in 2009. The PUGHA Project aims to promote interdependence, peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding through transformative approaches to the teaching of African history.

History Education

Education History

Gender Issues in History

Gender Issues in Education

History Education

Gender in Education

Colonial Education

Minority Issues in Education

History of Education

Gender Issues in Education

Social Exclusion and Inclusion in Education

Mafela, L. (2014) Hegemony and Accommodation in the History Curriculum in Botswana, Journal of Educational Administration and History, Volume 46, #4, pp424-442.

Mafela, L. (2014) Education and Perceptions of “Other”: Colonial Education of Indigenous Batswana and Formal Education of Indigenous San in Botswana, AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples, Volume 10, 1, pp45-57.

Mafela, L. (2009) Code-switching in Botswana History Classrooms in the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, Language Matters, July, Volume 40 (1) 56, pp56-79.

Mafela, L. (2009) Changing Livelihoods, Language Use and Language Shift amongst Basarwa of Botswana, International Journal of Multilingualism, August, Volume 6 (3), pp229-245.

Mafela, L. (2007) Batswana Women and the Law: Society, Education and Migration, 1860-1980, Special Issue: Cahiers d'Études Africaines, on African Women and the Law, Volume 187-188, pp 523-56.

Mafela, L. (2015) "NePAD",in M. Odekon (ed.) World Encyclope

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