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
TITLE AUTHOR(S): S.Swartz, A.Nyamnjoh, E.Arogundade, J.Breaky, A.Bockarie, O.C.Osezua
DEPARTMENT: Inclusive Economic Development (IED)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 11602
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/15462

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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.