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Globalisation in Education and Development in Africa

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This chapter analyses the process of globalisation, with reference to social, cultural, economic and political dimensions affecting education and policy reforms in Africa. In this chapter, globalisation perceived to be a discursively constructed Grand Narrative. The chapter analyses the opportunities and challenges that globalisation offers to Africa. Education and policy reforms in Africa confront at least two enormous challenges. The first is to fulfil the knowledge and training tasks of the 21st century, offering universal basic education and secondary coverage. The second is to improve the quality of learning outcomes, social equity and cultural integration. Attainment of these new tasks will depend on the identified measures advocated by education policy makers. The chapter concludes that there needs to be a greater focus on socially transformative globalisation policies that provide security and equipping the nation state for the future.
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Keywords: Structural Adjustment Program; colonialism education policy reforms; education quality; equity; globalisation; globalisation policies; ideology; learning outcomes; neo-liberalism; race; racism

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2020

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