On Friday, the 29th of March, the official opening event of the Future Africa Campus took place. A proper description of it would be: celebrating a wonderful place and a vision of research for Africa. A broad range of people was invited, from politicians and foundation staff to other leading researchers, deans, professors, Postdocs and PhDs. The morning was dedicated for inspiration on intellectual level, challenging the status quo of power distribution in the world, the role of education in the transformation processes panafrican countries are going through, future research fields and the role of university in transformation processes for more sustainability. The most impressing part was the song of the housing staff, which had prepared a small choreographie and a song that they presented in the lecture hall. As I mentioned earlier, this was a culture of collaboration, what brought this place to life. I have never ever seen that the house staff gave a form of presentation during a conference or especially during such an official event. This made them visible for us participants in another role, integrated them on a different level, showed how hard everybody was working to make this happen and appreciated their presence at this place. For me it was the peak or the symbol for another culture of collaboration, of another power seen in the collective, a trust in the collective power and simply a moving moment, that I will never forget. The afternoon and evening was a big celebration with really good food and a variety of music. One facilitator of the Know-Innovation-Team started a drumming exercise, perhaps 40 people, beginners with drumming, participated, and it ended up in an ecstatic drumming, with some dancing, repeating rhythms and creations of rhythms. It did not matter if you made mistakes because the collective power took over and it still sounded like something harmonious. Again a safe space, learning together and being a small but important part of something bigger: Imagine Future Africa! This was a great evening, that faded away with a last glas of wine and discussions about what responsibilities arise out of these experiences, about our privileged position and the differences and commonalities of research in the different contexts and at the least the strong wish to keep this connections we made alive.

Lydia Kater-Wettstädt

Lydia completed her studies on German and physical education to become a secondary school teacher at the Georg-August-University in Göttingen. She finished her PhD in educational sciences on teaching and learning about global issues in class in 2013. Until 2015 she worked as a teacher at a inclusive comprehensive school in Frankfurt Main to finish her teacher training. Since 2015 she is senior researcher at the Institute for Integrative Studies and started in May 2017 her position in the project. Her tasks are organizing, structuring and accompanying the communication and activities in the project and to bind the results beyond the projects synthetically together.

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