Salma Ismail is a senior lecturer at the School of Education at the University of Cape Town. She convenes and teaches both undergraduate and post graduate programmes in Adult Education. Salma’s interest and personal experience in Adult Education started in the 1980’s and ranged from teaching literacy in church communities to more activist approaches in worker and political movements. In the early 1990’s she combined an activist approach with a professional career in adult education. Her doctoral studies focus on poor women’s learning in a housing social movement. Her research interests are in how communities learn in development and social movements- focusing on women, land and housing; active citizenship and participation; and social history of youth in resistance. Salma’s work in academic staff development has been in diversity, equity research and institutional transformation.