Towards a Re-imagined Notion of University Education: In Defence of a Reconstituted Ethics of Care

  • Yusef Waghid


In this chapter, we argue that women on the African continent experience moments of internal exclusion in HEIs. Although women are statistically represented – attaining external inclusion in minimal ways – they remain subjected to internal exclusion on the grounds that their contributions are evidently unsubstantive. Through a conceptual analysis of women’s experiences of African higher education, this chapter reveals that internal exclusion can be attributed to a gendered view of equality, mostly generated in people’s social, political and cultural practices. We contend that an equalisation of voice rather than gender may possibly disrupt the status quo and undermine the debilitating conditions that perpetuate women’s internal exclusion on the continent. By examining the implications of a reconstituted ethics of care for university education, this chapter offers some ways in which exclusionary practices can be remedied. We contend that, if higher education in Africa (university education) were to halt the dilemma of internal exclusion and move towards engendering a reconstituted ethics of care, then it stands an authentic chance of cultivating compassionate, imaginative and responsible citizens who can reason, not only for themselves, but for humanity as well.


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  • Yusef Waghid
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationStellenbosch UniversityCape TownSouth Africa

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