Ubuntu in education: Special issue of IRE explores the paradigm of ubuntu

3 March 2016

The place of ubuntu in education has been explored extensively in the 2016 special issue of the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE).

Ubuntu is a philosophical paradigm that takes a collective rather than an individualistic approach to identity and meaning. The paradigm originates in southern Africa but is a part of many African belief systems. With ubuntu, the relationship between a person and her/his community is interdependent and mutually beneficial. Like many other indigenous belief systems, ubuntu serves as the foundation for an education imbued with morality.

This special issue of IRE emerged from the 59th annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), which was held in Washington D.C. from 8–13 March 2015. The theme of the conference was “Ubuntu! Imagining a humanist education globally”. This issue, guest edited by CIES president N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba, Birgit Brock-Utne and Joan Osa Oviawe, emerged from a panel session entitled “Re-centering education as a moral enterprise”. Following the conference, the guest editors invited participants in the session to contribute to a special issue of IRE.

This special issue, which holistically covers the place of ubuntu in education, will be launched on 9 March at the 60th CIES Conference in Vancouver. Springer, the publisher of IRE has made an electronic copy of the issue freely available for the duration of the conference (5–10 March 2016).

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