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Searching for Development Education in Africa: Select Perspectives on Somalia, South Africa and Nigeria


Ali A. Abdi
Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Alberta
aabdi@ualberta.ca

 

 

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Abstract

The important and constructive role of education in the development of postcolonial Sub-Saharan Africa is a taken-for-granted issue with different countries and communities generally expecting better livelihood possibilities through public and available educational programs. Due to recurring and continuing political and economic pressures, educational programs have been, at best, limited in advancing reliable platforms of social development for many countries in the sub-continent. This essay focuses on the three countries of Somalia, South Africa, and Nigeria, and delineates some weaknesses in education and development. The analyses presented here are intended to instigate minimally the refinement of some components of the current debate on African education and development. The paper highlights the most conspicuous problems in each case, and finally calls for the re-examining of development education in these and related contexts.

Africa, Development Education, Somalia, South Africa, Nigeria

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Abdi, A.A. (2003) Searching for Development Education in Africa: Select Perspectives on Somalia, South Africa and Nigeria. International Education Journal, 4 (3), 192-200.
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