ERIC Number: EJ1163800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Re-Orienting Ethiopia's Educational Policy in the Classical Humanist Perspectives of Renaissance Utopias
Debele, Meskerem L.
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, v48 n1 p75-91 2018
Ethiopia has launched a grand scheme of renaissance to realise fast-paced economic growth. The two Growth and Transformation Plans spanning five years each (2010/11-2015/16 and 2016/17- 2020/21) outlined major targets towards which the country intends to mobilise all its resources. In the education sector, this vision is understood as producing a workforce that can realise massive industrialisation. However, what is conceived as "renaissance" in Ethiopia and what kind of education is viewed as capable of bringing it is very mechanical, reductive and utilitarian compared to the Renaissance movements of the late-medieval Europe, which were holistic endeavours to culturally uplift and humanise individuals and societies. The purpose of this paper is to compare the educational views of Christian humanists--the European renaissance thinkers who wrote the early-modern renaissance utopias--with what is conceived today as "renaissance" education in Ethiopia as embedded in major educational policy documents.
Descriptors: Christianity, Foreign Countries, Economic Development, Humanism, Comparative Analysis, Educational Attitudes, Comparative Education, Educational Policy, Educational Philosophy, Role, Educational Objectives
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Ethiopia