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Sarah Skett
Consultant; Researcher; University Instructor
Calgary, Canada
A highly motivated and enthusiastic education specialist, development researcher, and strategist with over seven years of experience working with NGOs and four years teaching at the University level.
Seeking challenging opportunities to work with local resources to develop strategies and plans which will incorporate and greatly benefit those directly impacted.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
I have been a Sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary since September 2010. During this time I was also a Research Assistant at University of Calgary (UofC) as well as the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO). My predominant research focus was on slum ecology in developing cities; Zimbabwe transnational migrants in South Africa; and Education in primary, secondary & tertiary institutions. This position required data analysis, academic papers and educational material.

In 2005 I carried out a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) in the Yaroma Islands for a hotel chain which sought to learn the economic, social, and cultural impacts of their resort on surrounding communities. Twenty five per cent of profits from the resort were put towards community development initiatives and the assessment also required a multi-stage plan to be developed. For this I worked with local Chiefs and community members to put forward the proposal which was then accepted by the Native Land Trust Board (NLTB) of Fiji. I also facilitated a partnership with the National Australia Bank (NAB) to work with the community to foster further development initiatives.

I work with Calgary Immigrant womans Association (CIWA) as both a translater to new members, and was previously a member of their adult education program. I was a Global Educator for CHF in which I visited classrooms in Calgary (kindergarten - grade 12) to teach students the poverty faced by those living in developing countries where CHF had ongoing projects.

I also work with several NGOs and CBOs including The Real Uganda (TRU), Promotion of Education and Defence of Refugee Rights in Uganda (PEDRRU), Kaana, and Youth for Africa Foundation (YOFAFO).
My Masters thesis was based in the Yasawa Islands, Fiji which studied the only secondary school in the region. Fieldwork was carried out in the region working with local Chiefs, community members, students, and the school owner.

My PhD thesis assessed the role of private low-cost community schools in Mukono District, Uganda, and the role of community leaders with education provision. Furthermore, an assessment of the UPE government schools in the region was also carried out. Finally, exploration of the emerging Voluntourism industry and the impact of western volunteers in rural communities and schools was addressed. Fieldwork included ethnographic research, interviews, data collection and focus groups. This required working with community leaders, NGO directors, Headmasters, teachers, community members, parents, as well as academics at Makarere University.

I have my University Teaching Certificate. I was a Global Eductor for CHF (formerly Canadian Hunger Foundation), a primary five teacher for the African Child Foundation (ACF)in Uganda.

During my PhD I designed an educational board game entitled "At Home In My Slum" which has been implemented in the Geography Department at the University of Calgary for the last four years. The game is designed to foster a deeper understanding for students of the challenges slum dwellers face on a daily basis, furthermore, to understand the value of the human ties and strengths within those communities.
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    Years of Experience:
    5-10 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, French
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