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A long walk to citizenship: morality, justice and faith in the aftermath of apartheid.

Swartz, Sharlene
June 4, 2015

Source: (2006) Journal of Moral Education. 35(4): 551-570.

Numerous initiatives, such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Race and Values in
Education process of the Department of Education, the government-initiated (but now civic-led)
Moral Regeneration Movement and the pervasive indigenous African philosophy of ubuntu have,
over the past twelve years since South Africa’s transition to democracy, contributed materially to
reforming and renewing the concepts of citizenship and morality in South Africa. Central to this
debate have been issues of socio-economic justice for the vast majority of her historically
disadvantaged citizens; a developing conception of the nature of citizenship in a country newly
emerging from totalitarianism; a maturing understanding of the possible roles of faith within a
democracy; and the struggle to define the relationship between citizenship, moral and religious
education. This paper describes and critiques these initiatives and offers an analysis of the lessons
each have contributed to the long road to citizenship in post-apartheid South Africa. (Author’s Abstract)


AbstractAfricaPost-Conflict ReconciliationRJ in Schools
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