oa Journal of Education - Citizenship and children s education rights in South Africa
|Article Title||Citizenship and children s education rights in South Africa|
|© Publisher:||Wayne Hugo|
|Journal||Journal of Education|
|Affiliations||1 Education Policy Unit, University of the Witwatersrand|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||31 - 48|
|Keyword(s)||children's rights, Citizenship, democratic citizenship discourse, Early Childhood Development, human rights, poverty and right to education|
This article attempts to understand citizenship and childrenï¿½s human rights in the context of poverty and inequality in South African society. It reviews some of the policy texts pertinent to Early Childhood Development, particularly Education White Paper 5 on Early Childhood Education and White Paper 6 on Special Education. The article speaks to the discrepancy between the existing normative framework of society and its reality. It seeks to do this through a discussion of the ï¿½glossy rhetoricï¿½ of education policies and legislation informed by human rights, social justice and a democratic citizenship discourse and the actual realization of this promise.
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