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CERIAN: Catholic Educational Research in Africa Network

Catholic Educational Research in Africa Network logoCERIAN is a global research group whose purpose is to work collaboratively to nurture postdoctoral research with the aim of improving the provision of Catholic education in Africa.

Catholic Education in Africa is an under-researched area and the first step to enhance the wellbeing of children, is to understand the current context.  CERIAN provides mentoring for early post-doctoral scholars in research projects in African contexts that aim to understand better the successes and challenges faced by Catholic schools, colleges, and universities. 

Each scholar who passes successfully through St Mary’s African Post-Doctoral Research Programme, becomes a CERIAN member thereby ready to make their contribution to a global network to advance scholarship, research, publication, and dissemination of new understandings. 


At St Mary’s

  • Dr Christine Edwards-Leis
  • Dr Caroline Healy
  • Dr John Lydon
  • Dr Mary Mihovilovic
  • Dr Elisabetta Canetta


  • Dr Patrick Chilambwe
    The Zambia Catholic University, Zambia
  • Natasha Chilundika
    Director Project Management and Human Capacity Growth, PRS 365 Limited, Zambia
  • Dr Kudakwashe Maguraushe
    Catholic University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
  • Dr Luyanduhlobo Makwati
    Catholic University of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Dr Meshack Muderedzwa
    Catholic University of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Dr Ann Rita Njageh
    Educator, Researcher and Skills Coach, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dr Sr Kinikonda Okemasisi
    Tangaza University College, Nairobi, Kenya

African mentors

  • Dr Ecloss Munsaka
  • Prof John Lungu
  • Dr Isaac Mutelo
  • Dr Julius Togarepi

Current projects

Dr Patrick Chilambwe

Catholic Ethos in Catholic Schools in Zambia: An investigation into the adherence to Catholic ethos in Catholic schools in the Copperbelt province of Zambia.

Natasha Chilundika

Impact of Catholic education on tertiary education and STEM careers in Zambia

Dr Kudakwashe Maguraushe

Perceptions of parents and teachers on the impact of Catholic education systems on academic performances: Zimbabwe Catholic secondary schools

Dr Luyanduhlobo Makwati

The implications of Covid 19 on Catholic Education at the Catholic University of Zimbabwe. A Case of Bulawayo Campus. 

Dr Meshack Muderedzwa

The impact of spiritual formation on Catholic youth in Catholic Secondary Schools in Zimbabwe

Past projects

Dr Ann Rita Njageh

Pastoral Care Programmes for Youth in Catholic Secondary Schools in Kenya

Dr Sr Kinikonda Okemasisi

Perspective of the Catholic social teaching on the care of the environment in Catholic secondary schools in Nairobi County-Kenya

Dr Meshack Muderedzwa

Catholic Schools: Mission, Markets and Morality: a comparative study in Africa - the case of Zimbabwe