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ERIC Number: EJ830765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0020-8566
An African Perspective on Peace Education: "Ubuntu" Lessons in Reconciliation
Murithi, Tim
International Review of Education, v55 n2-3 p221-233 May 2009
This essay examines the value of educating for peace. It does this through a consideration of the African cultural world-view known as "ubuntu," which highlights the essential unity of humanity and emphasises the importance of constantly referring to the principles of empathy, sharing and cooperation in efforts to resolve our common problems. The essay is not based on field research, but rather on a discussion of the issues pertaining to "ubuntu" and peace education. The discussion focuses on how Desmond Tutu utilised the principles of "ubuntu" during his leadership of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It also outlines the five stages of the peacemaking process found among "ubuntu" societies: acknowledging guilt; showing remorse and repenting; asking for and giving forgiveness; and paying compensation or reparations as a prelude to reconciliation. Potential lessons for educating for peace and reconciliation are highlighted based on the premise that the "ubuntu" approach to human relationship-building can offer an example to the world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa