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ERIC Number: EJ1157779
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1927-2677
Trafficking as a Human Rights Violation: Is South Africa's Curriculum Stuck in a Traffick Jam?
du Preez, Petro; Simmonds, Shan
Journal of Curriculum and Teaching, v2 n2 p102-111 2013
Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and is often collectively referred to as a human rights violation. However, human trafficking is more complex than this suggests as this article attempts to demonstrate. It begins by describing the landscape of international trends in human trafficking, with particular attention to child trafficking. Next, national trends in South African legislation and education are outlined. It then describes a qualitative document research study that was conducted to explore the landscape of this phenomenon. The aim was to ascertain the extent to which human trafficking, child trafficking in particular, is addressed in the national curriculum. The document analysis included all of the compulsory subjects in Grades R to 12. By employing content analysis, the areas in the explicit curriculum where human trafficking is included could be identified. Based on the findings of this research, South Africa's curriculum seems to be stuck in a traffick jam in the sense that it does not adequately explore the topic of human trafficking. As a result, children are not gaining an awareness and knowledge of the realities of this kind of trafficking. This article concludes with an appeal to curriculum scholars to embrace curriculum as a complicated conversation that expresses lived experiences and a desire for a profoundly transformative curriculum in the future, which can help to prevent the trafficking of our children. Such discourse would be a way of breaking the shackles that are binding our children and preventing them from embracing their vulnerability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
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