Conversations in Place-Space-Time: Human Rights Education in South Africa and the Netherlands

Any analysis of histories and cultures of remembrance, bears testimony to the witnessing of humans who have either lived through the experiences as insiders or who have not lived through the experiences of the past as outsiders.  The possibility of bearing witness to (remember) the horrors, trauma, and destitution of the human condition and to consider its implication for human rights education is what this anthology of essays is about. The editors, Anne becker, Ina Ter Avest and Cornelia Roux, portrayed as insiders, cogently accentuate how human rights violations in South Africa and the Netherlands ought to be expiated through teaching and learning to justify and preserve dignity, self-respect, and freedom towards the advancement of affective life and humanity. Hopefully, through education, it is averred that degradation, inhumanity, and irresponsibility will be undermined and eradicated. The possibility that dignity and decency will remain in place and that it ought to be preserved at all costs even beyond the imagination, and rightfully so, seems to be at the centre of the editors' concern for the cultivation of human rights education. In this way, apartheid colonialism and other pervasive torments of human and non-human life should be distanced from genuine education encounters.

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This book appeared as an ASCL Occasional Publication, volume 47.

Author(s) / editor(s)

Anne Becker, Ina Ter Avest & Cornelia Roux (eds.)

About the author(s) / editor(s)

Anne Becker is a research fellow at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Her research interests focus on human rights education (specifically freedom, dignity and equality), marginalisation, othering and decoloniality.

Ina Ter Avest, psychologist of culture and religion, did her PhD research on the development of children in a multi-cultural and -religious education context. In her research as well as in her private counsellor practice, she focuses on value-oriented identity development - of persons, of teams and of schools.

Cornelia Roux is an emeritus professor at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She held positions as professor, research professor and research director at two faculties of Education in South Africa. Her research expertise is in curriculum studies, religion and culture diversity, human rights education and literacies.

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