oa Mosenodi - Freire, literacy transformation of Africa and the rural South Africa

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1021-559X



This article assesses how the Freirean pedagogy can be used to combat the problems of poverty, unemployment, lack of political voice, economic deprivation and illiteracy besetting rural South Africans. The basic assumption is that the Freirean method can be used by underprivileged sections of any society to enhance their consciousness and transform their lives. This is more so in South Africa where people have been entrapped by apartheid for several decades. However, this will also depend to some extent on the commitment of the political leadership, non-governmental organisations and the private sector to transform rural South Africa. It is concluded that the South African context may be viewed as conducive because there are both governmental and non-governmental organisations that can facilitate the process of change and transformation among the rural people if they adopt this approach.

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