Structured literacy practices: Towards capacity building in selected communities in the Western Cape

Structured literacy practices: Towards capacity building in selected communities in the Western Cape

Author: 
Mai, Magdaline Mbong
Publisher: 
Taylor & Francis
Date published: 
2012
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Responsibility: 
Bidandi, Fred, jt. author
Journal Title: 
International Journal of African Renaissance Studies : Multi-Inter- and Transdiciplinarity
Source: 
International Journal of African Renaissance Studies , Vol. 7, No. 1, June 2012, pp. 129-144
Abstract: 

There is a considerable lack of awareness of the interrelated nature of human activities due to insufficient information. A community without relevant information or public sensitivity to participation, in fostering a sense of personal environmental responsibility and greater motivation towards achieving personal goals, becomes problematic. Using the poststructuralist theory, this article takes a qualitative approach to analyse discourses and people's reaction to an ‘insecure’ environment within South African communities. It examines organisations which provide support to empower communities through education in Cape Town. One assumption here is that people gain knowledge about themselves, their environment and others around them, if they are empowered. The focus thus is on educational schemes and activities that communities and organisations undertake to challenge, accept and negotiate their ideological positions. The inventiveness and responses of the organisations considered, through the local communities and pupils, are therefore significant as they enable an understanding of the challenges encountered in democratic South Africa, including the causes of xenophobia. Ultimately, the consequences of ignorance about one's environment are detrimental to both neighbouring communities and people at large. The local communities considered expressed this sentiment while implicating the government's role in depriving its people of vital socio-cultural and politico-economic information.

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CITATION: Mai, Magdaline Mbong. Structured literacy practices: Towards capacity building in selected communities in the Western Cape . : Taylor & Francis , 2012. International Journal of African Renaissance Studies , Vol. 7, No. 1, June 2012, pp. 129-144 - Available at: http://library.au.int/structured-literacy-practices-towards-capacity-building-selected-communities-western-cape-3