Human Rights and Social Justice Project
This is a research-based project under the Department of Education and Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education that is expected to run from 2023 to 2024. The aim of this project is to engage researchers and academics in the Department of Education and Curriculum Studies (ECS) to embark on thought provoking research in the areas of human rights and social justice in education. It therefore tries to link Curriculum Reforms South Africa has thus far made to human rights and social justices at policy and practice levels. In doing so, the project seeks to explain and understand how different forms of inequalities and curriculum injustices play out within the schools and society in the face of deepening inequalities and injustices in South Africa.
The findings from this research will be published in a peer-reviewed book by 2024. It is also envisaged that at the close of the project, there shall be an International workshop where different scholars and researchers will converge in South Africa to share their academic experiences and research findings.
Current State of Affairs
Meanwhile, researchers are on the ground conducting literature reviews and other related works. The Project leaders and the research Assistant have already applied for ethical clearance from the Educational Research Ethics and Clearance Committee. Once the clearance is granted, researchers will be on the ground collecting and analysing the data for their projects.
The Project Team
Dr. Mackenzie Chibambo, the Research Assistant, is overseeing and coordinating research processes and activities within this project. He is also a part-time lecturer in philosophy of education within the department of Education and Curriculum Studies.
Other project members and researchers in the Department of Education and Curriculum Studies include:
Dr. Nazreen Dasoo
Head of Department, (ECS)
Tel: 011 559 2045
Research topic: Assessment practices in South African schools: How transformative and socially just are they?
Prof Joseph Divala
Professor of Philosophy of Education, (ECS)
Tel: 011 559 2902
Research topics: Implications of socio-economic and cultural capital on curriculum (in) justices in South African Schools
Prof Pinky Makoe
Associate Professor of Language Education, (ECS)
Tel: 011 559 5103
Research topic: What counts as legitimate language for learning in South African schooling?
Dr Hellen Agumba
TAU Specialist, (ECS)
Tel: 011 559 3397
Research topic: Impact of rurality on student subjectivities and positionings in higher education: A social justice dimension in South Africa.
Ms. Nokuthula Nkosi
Assistant Lecturer, (ECS)
Tel: 011 559 2666
Research topic: Prospects of actualizing social justice through knowledge integration in the curriculum
Mr. Menias Mashaba
Assistant Lecturer (Global Excellence Scholar) (ECS)
Tel: 011 559 6666
Research topic: The level of teachers’ knowledge in recontextualizing the physical science Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) and its implications on social justice.
Dr Yusuf Feltman
Tel: 011 559 2904
Research topic: Inequality in preservice teacher mentorship: Implications for social justice and human rights in South African education.
Dr Valencia Mabalane
Lecturer in Teacher Education, (ECS)
Tel: 011 559 3986
Research topic: History FET Teacher’s implement diversity and social justice in their lessons FET teacher’s implementation of diversity and social justice in
Dr. Mackenzie Chibambo
Research Assistant/Part-Time Lecturer (ECS)
Tel: 011 559 6666
Research topic: Problematizing policy insulation against teacher autonomy and just pedagogical practices
Dr Emmanuel Adeyeye
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ECS)
Tel: 011 559 2045
Research topic: Contentious issues in education: Inclusion of social justice education in South African school curricula