Dean of Faculty of Education

Dr. F. Kholowa

The current Dean of Education is Senior Lecturer in Language Education in the Faculty of Education (Department of Curriculum and Teaching Studies). Prior to being appointed Dean, he held positions as Deputy Dean, Head of Curriculum and Teaching Studies (CATS), Deputy Head of CATS, and Section Head for Language Education, CATS department.

He holds a Bachelor of Education (1994) obtained from University of Malawi, a Master of Arts in Education and Professional Development (ELT) from the University of East Anglia, UK (2000). He received his PhD in Education (Early Literacy Development) (2007) from the University of Malawi. The PhD thesis is an in-depth study of the extent to which rural pre-school children in rural areas of Malawi were provided with opportunities for early literacy development, which is key to their future learning. Additionally, Foster Kholowa holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Professional Studies in Primary Education from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK (2005). He also has a Professional Specialization Certificate in International Child and Youth Care for Development from University of Victoria in Canada (2008).

Foster Kholowa has been an active researcher in areas of Language education, Literacy development and Early Childhood Development (ECD). Some of the research He has carried out research relates to Child Assessment in Community-Based Child Care Centres (CBCCs) in Malawi; School feeding in schools, home-school literacy development, adult literacy programmes in Malawi, transition of children in the education contexts, and many evaluations in early childhood education including issues of transition. He has also published in many refereed journals and books such as the International Journal of Educational Development (IJED), South African Review of Education (SARE), International Journal of Early Childhood Development and Early Childhoods in a changing world.

Between 2011 and 2013, Foster Kholowa was an advisor to the World Bank sponsored project on Protecting Early Childhood Development in Malawi, based at the Ministry of Gender, Children Disabilities and Social Welfare. He is also a member of several boards/professional bodies, including Feed the Children in Malawi, Association of Early Childhood Development in Malawi (AECDM), Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (CRECCOM), Domasi College of Education Academic Board, Malawi Journal of Education Development (MJED), and Early Childhood Development Coalition (ECDC).