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Sarah Skett
Consultant; Researcher; University Instructor
Calgary, Canada
A bilingual education and community development specialist, researcher, and strategist. With ten years of experience working with NGOs, Development Institutions, Academia, Private and Public Sectors, IFIs, Government Sectors, and Community Groups. With four years experience at the University level I have extensive curriculum design and teaching expertise.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
  • Health, Doctors, Nurses, HIV/AIDS
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Policy, Research, Analysis
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
In 2014 I co-founded The Anvita Group (www.anvitagroup.org). A Canadian organization that bridges and builds sustainable multi-sector initiatives and partnerships with developing communities, domestic and international governments, academia, industry, NGOs, and international multilateral organizations. We encourage corporate social responsibility, social investment, local entrepreneurship, and building capacities within countries and communities in underdeveloped areas throughout the world to support their socio-economic growth. I put my expertise to use on projects focused on education, HIV/AIDS, youth and vulnerable groups and gender engagement initiatives in a variety of capacities for a multitude of groups and organizations.

I have been a consultant with Plan:Net Ltd. since 2013. A Canadian-based international network of independent evaluation, training and performance management consultants. We support organizations and initiatives striving to improve livelihoods, protect the environment, and secure peaceful relationships.

I was a Sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary from September 2010 to December 2013. 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).
Education:
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.

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.

I have my University Teaching Certificate (2011) and Instructional Skills Workshop Certificate (2010). I was a Global Educator 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 allows students a deeper understanding 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:
    Doctorate
    Languages:
    English, French
    Nationality:
    Canada
    LinkedIn Profile: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/sarah-skett/47/684/905
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