Ubuntugogy as a Viable Pedagogical Construct in African Education: A Literature Review
Sinethemba Mthimkhulu
University of Pretoria
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Mthimkhulu, S. (2024). Ubuntugogy as a Viable Pedagogical Construct in African Education: A Literature Review. Journal of Culture and Values in Education, 7(1), 83-98. https://doi.org/10.46303/jcve.2024.6


Ubuntugogy as a method of teaching and learning emerged from the African theory and philosophy called Ubuntu. Ubuntugogy was introduced by Bangura (2005) as a proposed strategy for teaching and learning in the African classroom. For almost three centuries Africa has been subjected to and/or implementing Western methodologies, thus suppressing the notions of Ubuntu in African classrooms. This paper aims to critically analyse the literature and attempt to portray the viability of Ubuntugogy as a feasible pedagogical construct in education. It is also important to take note of the limitations that come with Ubuntugogy as a pedagogical construct. Utilising the SWOT analysis framework, this paper discusses the strengths and limitations that come with the practice of Ubuntugogy in the African context. Literature has revealed that Ubuntugogy has the potential to promote communalism, collaboration, respect in the classroom and appreciation of African knowledge systems. In contrast, literature has also indicated that Ubuntugogy can face challenges like individualism, stereotypical mentalities, and lack of interest from the stakeholders. Taking into account the analysis, it is safe to mention that Ubuntugogy is a viable pedagogical construct to be utilised in the African classrooms. This paper recommends a change in stakeholders’ mindsets, the practice of collaborative instruction and collaborations between the stakeholders and students. Taking into consideration the literature presented in this article, it is proposed that the teaching and learning paradigm should change from non-Africa philosophies to African-based theories and philosophies.

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