Cultivating moral eyes: bridging the knowledge-action gap of privilege and injustice among students in African universities

SOURCE: Journal of Moral Education
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2020
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Swartz, A.Nyamnjoh, E.Arogundade, J.Breaky, A.Bockarie, O.C.Osezua
KEYWORDS: MORALITY, NIGERIA, RESTITUTION
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11602
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15462
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/15462

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Abstract

When opposing injustice, the failure to recognise wrong or translate knowledge into action are two problems with which moral education has to contend. The notion of 'social restitution' can be a helpful concept in addressing these challenges because it locates restitution at the level of interpersonal and communal moral responsibility. This is important because restitution is often seen almost exclusively as a government or institutional endeavour. This paper describes a study conducted amongst 72 students from four African universities in Sierra Leone, South Africa, Nigeria and Cameroon that includes dialogues and a self-location activity whose aim was to cultivate moral awareness of injustice. This process of self-location also provided a helpful basis for action based on everyday acts of social restitution.