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ERIC Number: EJ902399
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0741-7136
The Transformative Power of Democracy and Human Rights in Nonformal Education: The Case of Tostan
Gillespie, Diane; Melching, Molly
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v60 n5 p477-498 Nov 2010
This case study analyzes the introduction of democracy and human rights into the educational program of Tostan, a nongovernmental organization working in Africa. The authors show how Tostan's original educational approach created a meaningful context for integrating democracy and human rights into its curriculum, a process that took place from 1995 to 2003. The integration produced unexpected results: a participant-led social movement to end harmful practices such as female genital cutting and child and/or forced marriage. After describing the phases of curricular revision in the case, the authors draw out themes to show how the phases interacted to produce social transformation. A visioning exercise at the beginning of the program created a discursive context for the introduction of democracy and human rights, the democracy and human rights sessions created critical reflection about past practices, and awareness of an international human rights framework emboldened participants to undertake actions that created new social norms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa; Gambia; Guinea; Guinea-Bissau; Mali; Mauritania; Senegal; Somalia