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Preserving Order Amid Chaos
The Survival of Schools in Uganda, 1971-1986
John Rhodes Paige
244 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-213-1 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (November 2000)
eISBN 978-1-78238-881-4 eBook
To say that education in Africa is under stress is all to obvious. News reports from that continent seem to describe only war and violence, poverty and malnutrition, corruption and mismanagement, or natural disasters that destroy or threaten already frail infrastructures - most news from Africa is bad news. When an education system survives in a country like Uganda, long subjected to the whims of despotic leadership, it warrants an investigation. This book tells the story of four senior secondary schools during a time of war and intractable social conflict, examining a complex topic through multiple perspectives such as documentary history, oral history, ethnography, and organization theory. The author develops a broad picture of the Amin/Obote years and the accompanying political and social chaos in Uganda, while at the same time filling in the crucial details essential for developing an understanding of school survival in the Kaborole District.
The author's intensive field work gives this study a unique dimension: by preserving a record of African voices - students, teachers, parents, alumni, board members, community leaders - a rich tableau of theh local conditions for school survival emerges. At the same time the discussion is situated within the larger Ugandan historical and political context, thus offering an excellent example of the application of multiple research perspectives to a complex social, cultural and political setting.
John Rhodes Paige is Assistant Professor of Education at St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas, and Research Associate at the Makerere Institute of Social Research, Uganda.
Subject: Educational StudiesHistory: 20th Century to Present
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