Towards a re-imagined notion of university education: In defence of a reconstituted ethics of care

Rachel Ndinelao Shanyanana, Yusef Waghid


This article argues that women on the African continent experience moments of internal exclusion in higher education institutions. Although women are statistically represented attaining external inclusion in minimal ways they remain subjected to internal exclusion on the grounds that their contributions are evidently unsubstantive. Through a conceptual analysis of womens experiences of African higher education, the article reveals that internal exclusion can be attributed to a gendered view of equality, mostly generated in peoples social, political and cultural practices. I contend that an equalisation of voice rather than gender may possibly disrupt the status quo and undermine the debilitating conditions that perpetuate womens internal exclusion on the continent. By examining the implications of a reconstituted ethics of care for university education, the article offers some ways in which exclusionary practices can be remedied. This article contends that, if higher education in Africa (university education) were to halt the dilemma of internal exclusion and move towards engendering a reconstituted ethics of care, then it stands an authentic chance of cultivating compassionate, imaginative and responsible citizens who can reason, not only for themselves, but for humanity as well.



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