Dr. Joseph Seyram Agbenyega
Dr. Agbenyega is an associate professor of early childhood at Emirates College for Advanced Education in Abu Dhabi UAE. He is originally from Ghana, where he earned his first teaching degree in Math Education at the University of Education. Dr. Agbenyega, earned his Graduate degree at Monash University in Melbourne- Australia in 2005, where he was retained in 2008 as a course leader and rose through the ranks to become an associate professor before moving to Abu Dhabi in 2020.
Dr. Agbenyega’s fierce advocacy for inclusionary practices across the globe has led him to conduct workshops and develop programs for:
- Ghana: as part of promoting early intervention policies and practices by designing workshops and seminars for basic schoolteachers and university faculty.
- Singapore: by designing modules for University faculty and special education teachers in effective teaching practices
- Thailand: through providing service as a consultant for school administrators on the use of inclusive books to serve the needs of students and families.
- Australia: by working with preservice teachers to advance diversity in courses
- China: by working with students in Macau to move the dialogue on the need for early intervention and inclusive practices
Dr. Agbenyega leading a seminar at University of Cape Coast in Ghana
When asked about his experiences in Australia where he has worked the longest, Dr. Agbenyega states “My work at Monash University has been an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Key achievements include leading the development of course accreditations and inclusion of special education courses and early intervention modules into the early childhood program.
Dr. Agbenyega continued to talk about the difference between provision of special education services in Ghana and Australia, Dr. Agbenyega described special education in Ghana as being in a bud stage and disjointed because of a lack of implementation of existing inclusive policies whereas in Australia, the provision of services is everything to write home about because of family, government and educator collaboration and use of scientific data to inform policy decision making processes.
Dr. Agbenyega said he currently enjoys his new job in Abu Dhabi. “My passion for education is to see all students thrive. Every student’s success is what motivates me to stay on the job” His career goals include assisting sub–Saharan African countries in particular, his home country Ghana, to develop a robust special education system and to develop a new plan for advancing inclusive education in low-income countries.