ERIC Number: EJ1058075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Can Multiculturalism Be Exported? Dilemmas of Diversity on Nigeria's "Sesame Square"
Moland, Naomi A.
Comparative Education Review, v59 n1 p1-23 Feb 2015
While scholars argue that "multicultural education" initiatives are rooted in liberal Western ideals, such projects are increasingly being exported to non-Western countries with significantly different sociohistorical contexts. This article examines the adaptation of multicultural education on the Nigerian version of "Sesame Street," called "Sesame Square," which is coproduced by a Nigerian company and funded by USAID. Drawing on ethnographic observations, interviews, and episode analysis, I analyze "Sesame Square's" efforts to teach intergroup tolerance. While most nations struggle to balance diversity and unity, my research suggests that this endeavor is particularly delicate in Nigeria, where ongoing ethno-religious conflicts threaten to fracture the nation. The fate of multicultural education may depend less on its pedagogy than on the sociopolitical contexts in which it takes place. Paradoxically, multicultural education may be a luxury reserved for countries with some preexisting level of intergroup cohesion.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education, Educational Television, Childrens Television, Global Approach, Ethnography, Cultural Differences, Culture Conflict, Context Effect, Group Unity, African Culture, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Interviews
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Identifiers - Location: Nigeria