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ERIC Number: EJ1103029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2222-1735
Contextualised Inclusive Education: A Retrospective Look at Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Botswana
Mosalagae, Macdelyn Khufsafalo; Lukusa, Jean-Pierre Kabeya
Journal of Education and Practice, v7 n14 p79-87 2016
The purpose of this paper is to intrinsically explore how inclusive education (UNESCO, 1994) can be contextualized and applied within the cultural perspective of "Botho." The impending issue restraining reform of inclusion policies in Botswana and other Sub-Saharan countries is failure to tailor these policies to local context (ILO, 2011; Mosalagae, 2014). The argument raised by the authors is that, conceptualized inclusion should not only have to do with responding to heterogeneous needs of learners by way of augmenting participation but also a lot to do with the necessary shift in underlying cultural values and beliefs. TVETs as custodians of formal, informal, and non-formal education need to be cognizant of the national impact contextualized inclusive education has and relentlessly work towards raising the level of awareness to this important but missing service to our nation. An interpretivist approach is found relevant in assessing the practices and experiences of other countries to help in the comprehension of inclusion from an African perspective. The findings reveal that African culture has been influential as a decisive element in shaping the challenges faced by marginalized groups and in particular people with disability (Munyi, 2011; Abosi, 2008). Although, the five countries under study have shown to have ratified and enacted national and international policies as a way of responding to inclusive education; the authors argue that the concept of "Botho" coupled with inclusion may yet prove to be key in the realization of these policies. Critical to "Botho" is social justice which can be adopted as a doctrine of inclusive education in order to effectively adapt it to Africa's cultural context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Botswana; Namibia; South Africa; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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