Towards Ubuntu arose out of a Tide~ study visit to South Africa in 2001.  This included visits to Cape Town, Pretoria and Durban.  The aim was to visit organisations concerned with various aspects of citizenship education and to compare developments in post-apartheid South Africa with those in England. 

This was a time of great optimism in South Africa and also a period when citizenship education had been introduced into the curriculum in England in 1997.  The book for students in initial or in-service teacher education is designed to support critical thinking about the issues facing citizenship education.  

Written by ITE tutors for ITE tutors.  It provides a wealth of material for debate and discussion on issues such as race, racism and education; literacy and empowerment; disability and inclusion; conflict resolution and peace.  

The issues are unlikely to date.  Indeed, the first cartoon concerned the non-existence of a written British constitution, an issue very much alive during the Brexit debates of 2019.   

There is new work being developed as part of 'Tide~ 2020' revisiting the work on controversial issues starting with the 'Four approaches to handling controversial issues' featured at the end of the book [LINK]

The production of Towards Ubuntu in 2003 had a number of positive repercussions.  The first was a second Tide~ visit that focussed on questions of the relationship between education and development.  This led to the publication Exploring Ubuntu [LINK].  Subsequently, a study visit of nine people involved with teacher education went to Durban in 2005 building on the work already done.  The study visit group explored a series of themes.  As a follow up each participant took responsibility for producing a chapter in a book: Comparative Education and Quality Global Learning : Engaging with Controversial Issues in South Africa and the UK published by Tide~.



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