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Vally, Salim; Motala, Enver – Education as Change, 2017
This article conceptualises the overall relationship between a democratic society, socially useful labour and its implications for education and training and unemployment, particularly youth unemployment. The article analyses the ideas and practices that are dominant in the language, ideologies and practices of human capital theory--a theory which…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Neoliberalism, Democratic Values, Unemployment
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Thapliyal, Nisha; Vally, Salim; Spreen, Carol Anne – Comparative Education Review, 2013
This article reflects on the possibilities for democratic and direct participation that have emerged through socially engaged research on education rights in South Africa. The Education Rights Project is located in a university-based research and advocacy center for education rights and social justice that has been working with township…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Participatory Research, Citizen Participation, Foreign Countries
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Vally, Salim; Bofelo, Mphutlane Wa; Treat, John – McGill Journal of Education, 2013
Worker education played a crucial role in the development of the trade union movement in South Africa and in the broader struggle for social transformation. This article reviews key moments and dynamics in the trajectory of worker education in South Africa. We argue that international developments, the rise of neoliberalism, and the negotiated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Unions, Labor Education, Social Change
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Spreen, Carol Anne; Vally, Salim – Comparative Education, 2010
The 10-year anniversary of the first democratic elections in South Africa in 2004 provoked much reflection and fuelled new policy debates on both the progress and failures of educational reform. While a myriad of achievements have been touted and are well-known to international audiences, a swelling critique from inside South Africa shows that…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Racial Segregation, Elections, Audiences
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Spreen, Carol Anne; Vally, Salim – International Journal of Educational Development, 2006
In this article we explore education policy changes in South Africa through a rights-based framework. We situate our analysis in the context of deepening poverty and inequality arguing that progress (or the lack thereof) in schools cannot be divorced from poverty and its consequences. We show that education reform in South Africa has been situated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Educational Change, Equal Education