Caribbean schooling and the social divide – what will it take to change neo-colonial education systems?

Hickling-Hudson, Anne (2014) Caribbean schooling and the social divide – what will it take to change neo-colonial education systems? In CIES 2015 Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, 8-13 March 2015, Washington, USA.

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When Professor N’Dri Assie-Lumumba asked me to reflect on what ‘ubuntu’ might mean in the context of education in the Caribbean, the first thing that came to mind was an image of pit latrines in impoverished primary schools in poor countries. In this essay, I argue that the continuing problem of pit latrines in these schools symbolizes the failure to solve the problem of poverty, neglect and inadequate provision of education services for people at the bottom rungs of Caribbean and other decolonising societies. I ask what implications the ‘ubuntu’ concept chosen for the 2015 CIES conference would have for reforming education in a direction that combines global reform, ethics and good sense. Educators rarely consider toilets when they are thinking about what is needed to reform the system. But talking about toilets draws attention to the entrenched inequity that persists in education systems across the globe – an inequity that forces many schools and young people to remain at the base of the social pyramid, and that perpetuates a dysfunctional model of education holding back many societies. Starting from the twin images of social pyramids and toilets, we can ask some pointed questions about education reform.

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ID Code: 79602
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This is a paper invited by the CIES conference team. It has been reviewed and uploaded on their website. See: Caribbean schooling and the social divide – what will it take to change neo-colonial education systems?
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Keywords: Caribbean education, inequity and pit latrines, neo-colonialism, reparations, strategies for transformation
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 22 Dec 2014 02:58
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 04:04

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