Dr. Thomas Mark Turay, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Centre for Development and Peace Education (cdpeace) in Sierra Leone, served as a Lecturer at the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, from 2000 to 2005. In 2005 he was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University, cross-appointed to the Coady International Institute.
In September 2008, Dr. Turay resigned from his full time teaching position at Coady, St. Francis Xavier University. He returned to his home in Sierra Leone to continue community development work through cdpeace, a foundation that he and his wife Mary Hawa Turay established. The Coady International Institute Diploma Participants, including staff and community members in the town of Antigonish, celebrated the 2010 International Day of Peace and honoured Dr. Thomas Mark Turay for his devotion to working for peace. They gave him a memorable farewell for his decision to return permanently to help rebuild his war-torn country, Sierra Leone.
Articles of Dr. Turay’s return to Sierra Leone:
Dr. Turay holds a Higher Teachers Certificate in Rural Science from Milton Margai Teachers College (Sierra Leone), a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education from the Njala University College (University of Sierra Leone), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Policy and Planning from the Institute of Social Studies (The Hague), and a Master of Arts and Doctorate in Adult Education and Community Development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. In Sierra Leone, Thomas also served as Director of Caritas Makeni and Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Centre for Development and Peace Education.
Ph.D. (Adult Education and Community Development), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, June 2001. Concentrations : Adult Education, Community Development, Conflict and Peace Education. Dissertation: An Examination of Intra-secondary School Conflicts in Complex Emergencies: The Case of Sierra Leone. Advisor: Dr. Budd Hall.
M.A . (Adult Education and Community Development), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, November 1996. Concentrations: Adult Education; Comparative, International and Development Education, and Peace Education. Thesis: Peace Education and Social Change in Africa: The Role of Non-Governmental Organisations in Kenya. Advisor: Dr. Joseph Farrell.
Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Policy & Planning, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands, April 1989. Research Paper: Popular Participation in Integrated Rural Development: The Case of Mapaki Descendants Farming Association, Sierra Leone. Advisor: Mr. Harry Wagenbuur.
B. Sc. Agric. Ed . , Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone, June 1983. Research Paper: The Impact of the Teaching of Agricultural Science in Secondary Schools on Farm Families, Teachers and Pupils in and around Makeni and Magburaka Townships, Northern Province, Sierra Leone. Supervisor: Mr. Patrick Tamba.
Higher Teachers Certificate (Rural Science), Milton Margai Teachers College, University of Sierra Leone, June 1976. Research Paper: The Role of Rural Science in the School and Community.
General Certificate of Education, “Ordinary Level,” Kolenten Secondary School, Kambia, Sierra Leone, June 1970.
See Dr. Turay’s bio on the St. Francis Xavier website.
ARTICLES ABOUT DR. TURAY AND HIS WORK
- The Hockey News / Rand Simon’s Blog: An eye-opening experience in Sierra Leone
- War & Feast: Dr. Thomas Turay and his wife Mary Hawa Turay bringing their message of peace in Pugwash.
- Dr. Thomas Mark Turay launched the Consortium for Peace Studies (CPS) At the University of Calgary
- MOMS THE WORD: Travelling to Sierra Leone
- Rainbow Choi: thesis joys and woes: Student of Dr. Thomas Mark Turay
- UniWorld: Transforming conflict by Dr. Thomas Mark Turay
- UPEACE Newsflash 23 February, 2009: Thomas Mark Dr. Thomas Mark Turay is a Visiting professor
- An Examination of Intra-secondary School Conflicts in Complex …
- Half an Hour: Social Movement Learning (Winnie Chow, Thomas Mark …
- cdpeace Executive Director and Co-founder Dr. . Thomas Mark Turay Presenting the Peace Education Curiculum (PEC) to Dr. Minkailu Bah,
- An Indigenous African Perspective THOMAS MARK TURAY ‘One tree does not make a forest’ (Sierra Leonean proverb)
- Make A Difference Today – Awards to Dr. Thomas Mark Turay and Mary Hawa Turay