By Akpovire Oduaran, Harbans S. Bhola
One of the maximum demanding situations of the twenty-first century is that of delivering enough academic possibilities to all electorate of the globe. This anthology – a tribute to the existence and paintings of the Nigerian educationist Michael A. Omolewa – discusses the tutorial dimensions of social justice, studies techniques to widening entry, analyzes case reviews from worldwide, and considers destiny instructions in schooling coverage and study.
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After World War II many new countries awoke after independence celebrations to find they had inherited an educational system with little relevance to the cultural or material facts of life in a tribal or agricultural society. Colonial school systems were not all bad, but learning to read with a book about Janet and John and their dog Spot walking on the beach at Brighton did not resonate with adult or child learners in Nigeria, Jamaica, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, or other outposts of Empire.
Some—like Sir Edmund Hillary (1999)—have grave misgivings about school and a spectacular lack of accomplishment at university. Almost all are farm-gate intellectuals—people who learn without “benefit” of higher education. A farm-gate intellectual will use technology and go to libraries, but have little respect for disciplinary boundaries. They are almost always generalists, suspicious of authorities, and have considerable respect for what is heard across the gate. Want to fix the tractor? Go to the gate and talk to Kwasi, Bill, José, or Yan.
More than 50 neoliterates contributed to the contents of the book. Addressing the issue of access here has led to gains in relevance as well as quality. Some neoliterates saw literacy as light and progress. Literacy has helped some to become better farmers. For others it has improved their business, since they are now able to keep records of sales, save money in banks, and provide buyers with receipts. It has also helped them to maintain privileged information. It has helped to improve their eyesight, much like the effect of the Mectizan tablet, the cure for river blindness disease.
Widening Access to Education as Social Justice: Essays in Honor of Michael Omolewa by Akpovire Oduaran, Harbans S. Bhola