1st Edition

Education, Communication and Democracy in Africa A Democratic Pedagogy for the Future

    272 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This innovative volume critically examines the intersection between democracy, education and communication in African educational domains. Providing a platform for multidisciplinary research, it advances scholarship in democratic citizenship education in African higher education through methodological and theoretical innovation.

    The book discusses the extent to which explicit or subtle communication frameworks that underlie policymaking, institutional culture, teaching and learning experiences in African higher education significantly engender democratic mind habits and practices in students as citizens. Chapters in the book examine how communication frameworks in pedagogy ought to navigate power imbalances between students on the one hand and the institution and academics on the other. The book also examines how (dis)empowering higher education policies are and whether they contribute to democratic equality.

    This book will be of great interest to academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of education, democratic citizenship education, communication, and African studies.

    1. Introduction

    Chikumbutso Herbert Manthalu, Victor Chikaipa and Anthony Mavuto Gunde

    PART 1: Pedagogy for equality

    2. No ubuntu here: Monologic addressivity in Malawian higher education

    Geoffrey Wisdom Nsanja

    3. Towards communication for equality: Reconfiguring pedagogical relations in teacher education

    Chikumbutso Herbert Manthalu, Anthony Mavuto Gunde and Victor Chikaipa

    4. Legal education pedagogy: A policy perspective plea to sub-Saharan African legal scholarship

    Steven William Kayuni

    5. Schools as sites for cultivating democratic citizens: Communication through learner voice in Malawian secondary schools

    Peter Namphande

    6. The impacts of multi-lingual educational approach in enhancing democratic values in multi-ethnic societies: The case of Ethiopia

    Getahun Dana

    7. "There is no english outside the classroom": A historical interrogation of the language of instruction policy in Tanzania 1961-2019

    Hezron Romanus Kangalawe

    Part 2: Communication for transformation

    8. Examining the intersection of democracy, teacher education and ICT: Insights from Malawi

    Foster Gondwe and Elias Mwakilama

    9. A rhetorical analysis of affirmative action debate towards higher education access in Malawian democracy

    Chikumbutso Herbert Manthalu, Victor Chikaipa and Anthony Mavuto Gunde

    10. Media education, democratisation and media capture at Malawi broadcasting corporation

    Jimmy Kainja

    PART 3: Educational communication and inclusion

    11. Higher education, gender and the quest for democratic communication in sub-Saharan Africa: A feminist perspective

    Edmore Mutekwe

    12. The social psychology of disability in higher education: Examining the experiential dimension of disablement in Malawi

    Edister S. Jamu, Tilinao Lamba and Wezi Mhango

    13. Re-imagining discourses of disability at higher education institutions in democratic Malawi

    Victor Chikaipa, John A. Chirwa, Chikumbutso H. Manthalu and Anthony M. Gunde

    14. Citizenship education, democracy and communicative practices in Zimbabwe: Towards a Habermasian framework for civic learning in teacher education

    Nathan Moyo and Snodia Magudu

    15. Dismantling structures of dehumanisation in Nigeria’s education system: Lessons from African traditional education and communication

    John S. Sanni

    16. Mission education and its impact on the construction of African social identities in colonial Malawi (1875-1935)

    Dorothy Tembo

    17. Conclusion: Concretizing democratic deliberation through education

    Chikumbutso Herbert Manthalu, Victor Chikaipa and Anthony Mavuto Gunde


    Chikumbutso Manthalu is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Education and History of Educational Thought in the Education Foundations Department, School of Education at Chancellor College, University of Malawi.

    Victor Chikaipa is a Senior Lecturer in Socio-Cultural Linguistics, Digital Media and Political Communication in the Department of African Languages and Linguistics at Chancellor College, University of Malawi.

    Anthony Mavuto Gunde is a Research Fellow in the Department of Journalism at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at Chancellor College, University of Malawi.