Why study education in South Africa?
From the student uprisings against apartheid to contemporary campus life, educational institutions in South Africa have long been sites of social struggle and political organization, as well as centers of formal education. This was seen again in recent “Fees Must Fall” protests by university students nationwide. In this context, witness the vital role education has played in the development of a country. Visit classrooms in the cities of Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town, and the majestic mountains of rural KwaZulu-Natal. Develop your professional skills during a weeklong practicum, and an educational transformation and leadership workshop. Stay with local families and witness the day-to-day challenges of their lives. Study the Zulu language and culture and interact with nongovernmental organizations, academics, and community leaders crafting education policy. As part of the program, you will integrate theory and practice with field research as you take excursions to key historic, natural, and cultural sites in both urban and rural settings, including the oldest game reserve in Africa, the sites of apartheid-era massacres and riots, and the Phoenix Settlement, home of the late Mohandas Gandhi.
Online and In Person
The program will begin with one week of online courses starting on July 6. During this week you will begin online orientation sessions to give you an understanding of South Africa’s politics and the history of education in South Africa. Using a virtual platform, you will explore the historical, political, and social context; pre-apartheid and Bantu education; popular uprisings; and the struggle against apartheid education.
In week two, you will travel to South Africa for the in-country portion of the program, where you will learn about competing South African historiographies and the (re)writing of histories; education and diversity; pedagogical shifts; and the challenges of developing a more participatory learning environment. In addition, you will learn about the recent “Fees Must Fall” protests by university students, tertiary education reform, and gender-based inequality in access to educational opportunities.
Toward the latter part of your in-country program, you will explore the relationship between education and development; formal, non-formal and informal education; and adult education and training.
- Develop deep, multidimensional insights into education across South Africa.
- Network with NGOs and public officials shaping policy, and attend lectures.
- Explore Zulu culture and build basic Zulu language skills.
- Observe lions, leopards, and elephants at the Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve.