n Mousaion - Playing and learning : the interface between school and leisure in Shona riddles

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



This article posits that contrary to Western perceptions about learning, among Africans in general and the Shona in particular, it is quite natural and normal for children to learn as they play and engage in leisure. The line separating learning from playing is so thin that outsiders to the Shona way of life may have a false conviction that no learning has taken or is taking place if children are found playing. The article explores the intertwined nature of learning and playing as demonstrated through the game of riddling. The article's argument is informed by Afrocentrism, which advocates the rooting of standpoints in the African context and culture. It further implicitly argues that since children are keen on engaging in activities inclined towards playing, it is imperative for contemporary educators to exploit games as ways of teaching African learners.

Loading full text...

Full text loading...


Article metrics loading...


This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error