n South African Journal of Education - Deliberation and citizenship : closing some of the gaps related to the "Values in Education" initiative in South Africa

Volume 24, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-0100
  • E-ISSN: 2076-3433



I argue that the implementation of the Department of Education's "Values in Education" initiative would be problematic without alsoinvoking procedures of deliberation. Unlike the identified "values" on their own - i.e. equity, tolerance, multilingualism, openness,accountability, and honour, as announced by the Department of Education - deliberative procedures offer the possibility to deepen a senseof citizenship in schools. My contention is that the "Values in Education" initiative has a better chance of cultivating citizenship in schoolsif enacted commensurate with the notion of deliberative democracy.

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