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Experiences of high school learners regarding Ubuntu education and training in South Africa

Rachel T. Lebese, Shonisani E. Tshivhase, Ntsieni S. Mashau, Lufuno Makhado, Rafiat Anokurwu, Fhumulani M. Mulaudzi, Raikane J. Seretlo, Khathutshelo G. Netshisaulu
Inkanyiso | Vol 15, No 1 | a69 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ink.v15i1.69 | © 2023 Rachel T. Lebese, Shonisani E. Tshivhase, Ntsieni S. Mashau, Lufuno Makhado, Rafiat Anokurwu, Fhumulani M. Mulaudzi, Raikane J. Seretlo, Khathutshelo G. Netshisaulu | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 February 2023 | Published: 31 December 2023

About the author(s)

Rachel T. Lebese, Department of Advanced Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
Shonisani E. Tshivhase, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Science, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
Ntsieni S. Mashau, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Science, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
Lufuno Makhado, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health Science, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
Rafiat Anokurwu, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Fhumulani M. Mulaudzi, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Raikane J. Seretlo, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Khathutshelo G. Netshisaulu, Department of Advanced Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa

Abstract

Ubuntu is an ancient concept and a way of life among most African cultures. It describes the fundamental principles of living for African communities and is rooted in the values of reciprocal sharing. Ubuntu encompasses the whole community in contrast to the Western ideology of individualism and hence the need to sustain and transmit these values from one generation to the next. The study focused on exploring the experiences of high school learners regarding Ubuntu education and training in South Africa. The study was conducted in two selected high schools in the Greater Giyani Municipality of the Limpopo Province. A qualitative research approach and an exploratory, descriptive design were applied. A purposive sampling method was used to identify 15 learners from the two selected high schools for the Boot Camp. Focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted as a data collection method among the grade 10 and 11 learners. Trustworthiness and ethical consideration were ensured. The findings from the study revealed that learners shared different experiences during the Boot Camp. One of the experiences shared by the learners is the knowledge gained on applying the concept of the theology of the body to Ubuntu values. Internalisation of Ubuntu values forms an essential landmark in the individual’s life, significantly young people growing up within African communities rooted in African culture.
Contribution: This study’s findings will help educate young people about Ubuntu’s philosophies and encourage them to disseminate information regarding Ubuntu within their respective schools and communities.

Keywords

Boot Camp; experiences; high school learners; knowledge; Ubuntu

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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