1st Edition

African Schools as Enabling Spaces A Framework for Building Communities of Care

Edited By Vanessa Scherman, Linda Liebenberg Copyright 2023
    196 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Using African schools as case studies, this book presents an implementation framework that can be used by schools internationally to drive social change and support their role as enabling spaces, allowing learners to thrive.

    Recognising the increase in demands, violent conflicts, lack of stability, and social strain prevalent within the current African school system, this book covers the challenges that negatively impact children's development by understanding and presenting a framework that ensures a holistic social and educational support system can be created for students. Featuring contributions from a broad range of leading scholars, the book ultimately addresses the critical need in academic and practice research for the importance of schools in building civil societies.

    Arguing for the importance of schools as places of stability, social inclusivity, and communities of care, this book will have direct relevance to academics, researchers, and post-graduate students in the field of education policy, international and comparative education and character education. Those working in school leadership, management and administration environments will also benefit from this volume.

    1. Thinking in terms of systems and why this is important for understanding nodes of care and support Vanessa Scherman  2. Schools as nodes of care: Bi-directional thinking on resilience in children and the community Linda Liebenberg  3. Building schools as enabling spaces through relational leadership and an ethic of care Brigitte Smit  4. Advancing relational well-being for school success Kamleshie Mohangi  5. Youth perspective on structural barriers Funke Omidire, Liesel Ebersöhn and Danny Ramollo  6. Youth perspectives on Academic Service Learning: Courage to fly into our dreams Liesel Ebersöhn, Funke Omidire, and Seago Maapola  7. A meta-summary review of enabling school-based interventions in highly challenged schools in a postcolonial, Global South space Leah Nabongwe Nkoana and Liesel Ebersöhn  8. Building learners’ reading literacy for academic resilience in challenging reading literacy development contexts Lisa Zimmerman  9. Creating enabling spaces for adolescents through the development of spiritual intelligence Cheryl Currie  10. Resilience resources for children in conflict with the law: The role of socio-ecological care and support Lloyd Daniel Nkoli Tlale  11. School as a community of care in facilitating resilience among learners with intellectual disability Chantal Weber and Hermien Olivier  12. Schools to accommodate sports participation of learners with a mobility impairment Alet Moll


    Vanessa Scherman is a full Professor, Department of Psychology of Education, University of South Africa, South Africa.

    Linda Liebenberg is a Research Fellow, Department of Psychology of Education, University of South Africa, South Africa.