Nelson Mandela

Comparative Perspectives of his Significance for Education

  • Crain Soudien

Part of the Comparative and International Education book series (CIEDV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Crain Soudien
    Pages 1-7
  3. Kogila Moodley, Kanya Adam
    Pages 9-16
  4. Ali A. Abdi
    Pages 17-30
  5. Michael Le Cordeur
    Pages 45-61
  6. Joseph Nasongo, Philip Mukonyi, Benard Nyatuka
    Pages 81-92
  7. Mousumi Mukherjee
    Pages 93-110
  8. Saundra M. Tomlinson-Clarke, Darren L. Clarke
    Pages 111-123
  9. Yusuf Sayed, Azeem Badroodien
    Pages 137-150
  10. Diane Brook Napier
    Pages 151-163
  11. Crain Soudien
    Pages 165-181

About this book


The death of Nelson Mandela, the great South African fighter for freedom, in December 2013 prompted several colleagues within the World Council of Comparative Education Societies community to come together to think about the significance of his life and his work for education. This book is the result of that coming together. The contributing authors reflect on what his life, the commitments he made and principally the values he took into the struggle for freedom in South Africa mean for education. The point of departure for the book is that of honouring the man. It begins with the argument that the values for which he stood, namely, the unconditional dignity of all human beings, respect for difference and principally his lifelong commitment to justice, have a special significance for how we as inhabitants of an increasingly connected and interdependent world conduct our personal lives, our relationships with one another and with the material and living space which surrounds us. It is an ecological approach. As the world moves into a twenty-first century where, paradoxically, we know so much and yet appear to understand so little, and so find ourselves struggling to create social lives in which all of us can feel respected, can offer respect to others and live lives free of fear and anxiety, the values for which he stood have specific relevance for how we do the important job of teaching and what we put into it. Mandela poses deeply provocative questions about the kinds of lives we seek for ourselves and for everybody else around us.


Education and justice Mandela and education Mandela, equality and education Mandela and global education Freedom struggles and education

Editors and affiliations

  • Crain Soudien
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)South Africa
  2. 2.University of Cape TownSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6300-908-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-9880
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-9899
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