Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society
The IOCES, Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society is constituted formally by this act, that is recognized by all the researchers who are signing it and therefore are its founding members. The IOCES welcomes all the scholars and researchers from all over the world, in particular those who belong to or use to focus their research on the macro-region of the Indian Ocean.
Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society (IOCES) was admitted as a full member of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) on April 30, 2011 at the 44th meeting of the WCCES held at Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Canada. The WCCES is an international organization of Comparative education worldwide. The WCCES is an umbrella body comprising 40 constituent societies, of which IOCES is one of eight regional societies. The WCCES is a non-government organization in operational relations with UNESCO and promotes research and educational practice involving scholars in over 70 countries. The WCCES provides a forum through which different groups can learn from each other and promote understanding of comparative education across systems, countries and regions.
The IOCES’ mission is that to promote studies and researches on Comparative Education, in particular on educational institutions and systems of the countries effacing the Indian Ocean privileging historical and interdisciplinary approaches. An indirect aim of IOCES is that to have dialogue, mutual confidence and understanding among scholars and researchers belonging to the Indian Ocean macro-region or who use to focus their study on it. In addition IOCES wants to encourage scholars and researchers of its area to join the international scientific community of Comparative and International Education, and vice versa, to favor the realization of international meetings in its macro-region. Given that that mission is consistent with the general philosophy of UNESCO and other UN Organization, and the existing academic Societies of the field, IOCES wants to establish structural linkages with the above mentioned Bodies.
IOCES wants to integrate the international and comparative studies on Education with historical and interdisciplinary, cross-cultural approaches. The Indian Ocean macro-region, in facts, is uniquely rich of historical events which in many ways affected the destiny of the educational institutions of the countries that, on belonging to the three continents of Africa, Asia and Australia, yet belong to the same Indian Ocean. One can even argue that, even if things change over the centuries, yet many old circumstances, altogether with new ones are there to influence the shape of the current and future, different school systems.
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