n South African Journal of Higher Education - Men's initiation schools as a form of higher education within the Basotho indigenous knowledge systems : perspectives on higher education

Volume 18, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS) are examined by stakeholders for their potential value in economic and social development. This paper provides instances of how the Basotho people used initiation schools <I>(lebollo)</I> to facilitate transition to adulthood and to raise men and women able to effectively utilise indigenous wisdom to solve diverse societal problems. The significance of this investigation lies in the comparison between initiation schools and higher education institutions (HEIs) because traditionally, young people would attend initiation schools at the stage of development equivalent to the age of their university-going cohorts.

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