Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2016

Abstract

Twenty years after South Africa's democratisation, Nelson Mandela's passing has prompted scholars to examine his legacy in various domains. Here we take a look at his legacy in education discourse. Tracing Mandela's thoughts and pronouncements on education we find two major emphases: a view of education as a practical means to economic development, and education as a means to social justice, human rights, and democracy. Assessing the legacy of these twin emphases, we conducted qualitative and quantitative content analysis of turning point documents in education policy and annual reports from the respective South African ministries of education over the last two decades. Our analysis reveals that although a focus on education policy for economic development has consistently remained strong, Mandela's view of education serving to foster social justice, inter-racial equality, human rights, and a deepening of democracy has faded from official educational policy discourse.

Keywords

Discourse, education, South Africa, Nelson Mandela, human rights, social justice, democracy

Discipline

African Studies | Education Policy

Research Areas

Political Science

Publication

Education as Change

Volume

20

Issue

1

First Page

172

Last Page

198

ISSN

1682-3206

Identifier

10.17159/1947-9417/2016/899

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles - no Open Select

Copyright Owner and License

Authors

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/1947-9417/2016/899

Comments

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