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ERIC Number: EJ794390
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 16
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ISSN: ISSN-0826-4805
Democratic Development and Prospects for Citizenship Education: Theoretical Perspectives on Sub-Saharan Africa
Abdi, Ali
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v39 n2 p151-166 Apr 2008
The case of Africa, in terms of development and democratic prospects, is encountering a number of hurdles that are stubborn, and are even getting increasingly more difficult to overcome. This paper, while agreeing with a number of leading Africanists who are calling for the efficient repair of Africa's political systems without which, I concur, other components of the national and continental enterprises may not function effectively, calls for the establishment of citizenship education programs that must strengthen Africa's partially fledgling but, in many cases, faltering new democracies. The paper cautions about accepting liberal democracy at face value and sees the possibility of selectively Africanizing democracy so it fits the needs as well as the expectations of the African public. The paper also recognizes that even if democracy may not always effectively respond to the needs of the people, its critical appreciation, via viable programs of citizenship, will, in the long run, produce better results for Africa's marginalized hundreds of millions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa