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Can “ubuntu” provide a model for citizenship education in democracy in African democracies?


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Enslin, Penny ; Horsthemke, Kai:
Can “ubuntu” provide a model for citizenship education in democracy in African democracies?
In: Comparative education. 40 (November 2004) 4. - S. 545-558.
ISSN 0305-0068 ; 1360-0486


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Some proponents of Africanism argue that African traditional education and the principles of ubuntu should provide the framework for citizenship education. While conceding that understandable concerns lie behind defences of ubuntu as underpinning African democracy, we argue that the Africanist perspective faces various problems and makes substantial errors: political, moral, epistemic and educational. While democracy and democratic citizenship necessarily involve sensitivity to local context, their fundamental principles and tenets are universal. Failure to acknowledge this comes at a substantial price. Taking as its initial focus an analysis and critical evaluation of Malegapuru William Makgoba’s critique of liberal democracy, the paper questions the purported uniqueness of ubuntu and its value and efficiency as a practical guide to action and policy, as well as its capacity to indicate how conflict between its associate principles and values might be resolved, insofar as these principles and values are indeed morally worthy.

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Schlagwörter:Citizenship education; democratic education; ubuntu; African traditional education; liberal democracy
Institutionen der Universität:Philosophisch-Pädagogische Fakultät > Pädagogik > Lehrstuhl für Bildungsphilosophie und Systematische Pädagogik
DOI / URN / ID:10.1080/030500604200028453
Open Access: Freie Zugänglichkeit des Volltexts?:Nein
Verlag:Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
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