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n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Die positiewe verrekening van kulturele diversiteit in die Kanadese onderwys : 'n aanskouingsles vir Suid-Afrika? : navorsings- en oorsigartikels

Volume 53 Number 3
  • ISSN : 0041-4751

Abstract


Events in the modern world regularly remind the observer that a universal formula for the peaceful coexistence of diverse cultures has not yet been found. Approaches to intercultural coexistence have an unmistakeable educational dimension. In South Africa the accommodation of cultural diversity in education is also the subject of major controversy, as is evident from, for example, the policy on religion in education and the never-ending series of court cases about Afrikaans-medium schools. A widely accepted approach used in reforming and improving education systems is that of international-comparative perspectives, i.e. learning from the experience of other countries and other education systems. Canada is not only one of the culturally most diverse countries in the world, but is also widely hailed as a model for the accommodation of cultural diversity and an occupant of the moral high ground in respect of human rights in this regard. In this article Canada's approach to cultural diversity in education is analysed, and the results of that exercise are then projected onto the South African screen. The evaluative theoretical framework employed is that of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the UNESCO Convention of the Rights of the Child (1989).

Kanada is nie net een van die lande met die grootste kulturele diversiteit in die wêreld nie, maar word ook wyd erken as 'n rolmodel vir die hantering van kulturele diversiteit en 'n voorbeeld van morele integriteit wat betref die handhawing van menseregte in dié verband. In hierdie artikel word gepoog om 'n ontleding te maak van Kanada se benadering tot kulturele diversiteit in die onderwys, gevolg deur die projektering van die resultate daarvan op die Suid-Afrikaanse doek. Kanada se kulturele diversiteit val uiteen in drie dimensies: die oorspronklike/inheemse kulture teenoor latere besetters; die Engels-Franssprekende verdeling in die grootste demografiese blok van Europese afstammelinge; en die onlangse aankomelinge vanuit die nie-Westerse wêreld. Dié artikel beskryf en evalueer die onderwyskundige hantering van elkeen van die dimensies van kulturele diversiteit in Kanada, en spel die relevansie daarvan vir Suid-Afrika uit.

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2013-09-01
2019-10-18

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