Ubuntu in education: Special issue of IRE explores the philosophy of connectedness

The place of ubuntu in education is explored extensively in a new special issue of the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE).

Ubuntu is a philosophy based on the idea that all humanity is connected.The thinking originates in southern Africa but forms part of many African belief systems and serves as a foundation for education. With ubuntu, the relationship between a person and her/his community is interdependent and mutually beneficial.

This special issue of IRE emerged from the 59th annual conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), held in Washington D.C. from 8–13 March 2015. The theme of the conference was “Ubuntu! Imagining a humanist education globally”. This issue, guest edited by CIES president N’Dri Thérèse Assié-Lumumba, Birgit Brock-Utne and Joan Osa Oviawe, was the result of a panel session entitled “Re-centering education as a moral enterprise”. Following the conference, the guest editors invited participants in the session to contribute to a special issue of IRE.

This special issue, which holistically covers the place of ubuntu in education, will be launched on 9 March at the 60th CIES Conference in Vancouver. Springer, the publisher of IRE has made the electronic version of this issue freely available for the duration of the conference (5–10 March 2016).