n Educare - Individual and community needs in education : a historical-exemplaric view of ancient Greek education

Volume 31, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0256-8829



One of the aims of education is to fulfil the needs of both the individual and the community. In South Africa this has been, and still remains, a burning issue. History has shown that South Africa is not unique regarding the challenge of striking a balance between the fulfilment of needs of the individual and the community. Ancient Greek education, for example, also grappled with these problems. It is therefore the aim of this article to highlight two examples of ancient Greek education, namely that of Sparta and Athens, to show what emphasis was placed on either the needs of the individual or the community. In the light of the conclusions drawn from this analysis, certain recommendations for educational practitioners and researchers are also made.

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