Closing Opportunity Gaps. The Search for An Inclusive Pedagogy

In South Africa, institutional racism (apartheid) resulted in the reproduction of poor families for decades. Professor Sigamoney Naicker’s book, “Inclusive Education in South Africa and Developing World: The Search for An Inclusive Pedagogy” calls for a more inclusive approach for schooling since schools ARE the catalysts for change. From a social justice perspective, the book calls for rupturing the dominant paradigm with a view to creating space and possibilities for all children. Educators must own the challenge of poor children by planning short, medium, and long term strategies to alleviate poverty by using schools as catalysts for change and transformation.  “Inclusive Education in South Africa and Developing World: The Search for An Inclusive Pedagogy” is also available on Amazon.

Professor Sigamoney Naicker was appointed on the National Commission for Education Support Services by then-President Nelson Mandela.  The task of the commission was to establish a new dispensation for special needs education in South Africa.  He was the first national director of Inclusive Education in South Africa.  Sigamoney has worked in various areas of the education system in a senior management capacity which includes curriculum, assessment, early childhood education, adult education, and human capital development. Sigamoney enjoys running. He has run the New York, London, Oslo, and Cape Town marathons. Click here to email Prof. Naicker directly.

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