Grenada, Education and Revolution, 1979-83

Hickling-Hudson, Anne R. (2012) Grenada, Education and Revolution, 1979-83. In Lewis, Rupert (Ed.) Caribbean Political Activism. Ian Randle Publishers, Jamaica, West Indies, pp. 227-253.


Grenada’s New Jewel Movement, led by Maurice Bishop, was the first indigenous political grouping in the history of the English-speaking Caribbean to overthrow an existing government by armed force. Yet most of the four and a half years of the Revolution (1979-83) were characterized by considerable popular support for the new People’s Revolutionary Government before it came to it’s tragic, unexpected and shocking end in October 1983. Social, economic and political change seems possible in the 1970s and ‘80s. People in newly decolonizing countries were encouraged by the beginnings of the Non-Aligned Movement of Third World nations demanding new international economic order that would win them some economic justice after the ravages of colonialism. People also saw that some radical regimes, such as that led by Michael Manley in Jamaica and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, were articulating and implementing basic rights that held the promise of countering the social and political oppression that they had endured throughout the centuries of colonial history. A majority of Grenadians committed themselves to fighting by the side of the People’s Revolutionary Government for such new goals. This chapter will analyse how the Grenada Revolution reconceptualised the education, planned new goals, and implemented bold new educational policies. It will discuss the extent to which the government and people were able to reshape education as a tool for national reconstruction and the raising of national consciousness.

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ID Code: 58443
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Grenada Revolution, reconceptualization of education, political economy, investment priorities, postcolonial policies, expansion of teacher training, curriculum change, university education, adult, continuing, vocational education
ISBN: 978-976-637-614-7
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2013 01:46
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:38

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