Critical and Creative Education for the New Africa

by Titus Pacho (Author)
©2013 Monographs XXIV, 192 Pages
Series: Africa in Development, Volume 11


This book is about re-inventing Africa – it aims to induct a new cohort of dedicated professionals, guided not by material gains and power, but by personal commitment, in building a better society. It is about an education that develops responsible citizens inspired by the desire to serve their fellow men and women, people who can contribute their time and talents to make society a better place in which to live. Unless people are empowered by an education tailored to address their needs, they cannot be effective participants in bringing about constructive change. An education that prepares Africans to live confidently, as Africans, in today’s globalized world is a prerequisite for developing an active and responsible citizenry. The book also examines some of the key critical areas on which African countries need to focus their attention: poverty eradication; combating corruption; peace, security and development; democracy and constitutionalism; good governance; social justice; globalization and empowerment. It criticizes extremes, creates a healthy synthesis of African and Western thought about education – particularly education for citizenship and for social transformation – an education which concerns itself with human dignity, social equality and respect, rather than fear, for authority.


XXIV, 192
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2013 (May)
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Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2013. XXIV, 192 pp.

Biographical notes

Titus Pacho (Author)

Titus O. Pacho, PhD specializes in Philosophy of Education. He holds a PhD in Educational Science from the prestigious University of Hamburg in Germany; a Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy from the University of Zimbabwe; and a Bachelor of Education (Arts) from Kenyatta University in Kenya. He has lectured at the Zimbabwe Open University, Domboshawa Theological College, and Heartfelt Institute of Ministry in Zimbabwe; St. Augustine University of Tanzania; and Kisii University in Kenya. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Leiden University and Utrecht University in the Netherlands. His research interests are in the areas of critical pedagogy, service-learning, global citizenship education, internationalization of higher education, education for sustainable development, and teacher professionalism and professional development practices. He is the author of Service-Learning in Higher Education in Africa (2018).


Title: Critical and Creative Education for the New Africa