Xenophobia in Education
Xenophobia and the resultant human rights violations assosiated with it, is one manifestation of the exclusion, discrimination and oppression that remains prevalent in our society. The othering logic of xenophobia creates groups of ‘us’ as citizens and ‘them’ as non-citizens where ‘them’ is negatively stereotyped or stigmatised while simultaneously affording power and privilege to ‘us’. Whereas inclusivity respects the “equal difference” of each individual and affords each person equal rights, xenophobia as a form of exclusion discriminates, violates people’s dignity and robs them of human freedoms and liberties. As South Africans still face the struggle against exclusion and the quest for inclusivity on a daily basis, teachers are key role-players in this process. Teachers have the professional duty to promote a culture of human rights and inclusivity in schools as well as the broader society.
This module was developed to enhance the knowledge of Life Orientation teachers on the social processes of xenophobia while sensitizing them to the constitutional and moral values that would work towards inclusion and social integration. The purpose is therefore twofold: first teachers will learn about human rights and the values that work towards inclusion and how to recognize their own bias and the bias of others. Second, teachers will be exposed to law and policy that influence the management of xenophobia in education spaces and be empowered to apply but also critique such legal and policy frameworks in schools. With this knowledge and specific skills, teachers should be able to engage learners in dialogue and other teaching-learning activities towards social inclusion and integration.
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Formal formative assessment
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