International Review of Education

, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 331–335 | Cite as

Inclusive education in African contexts: A critical reader

Edited by Nareadi Phasha, Dikeledi Mahlo and George J. Sefa. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, 2017, 202 pp., Anti-colonial Educational Perspectives for Transformative Change series, vol.5, ISBN: 978-94-6300-801-3 (pbk), ISBN: 978-94-6300-802-0 (hbk), ISBN: 978-94-6300-803-7 (eBook)
  • Ali Ait Si MhamedEmail author
Book Review
In their introduction to this book, editors Nareadi Phasha, Dikeledi Mahlo and George J. Sefa note that

While colonial and post-colonial education have had their limited strengths, the challenges of meeting inclusivity in global education remain … Part of the problem, as far as Africa is concerned, remains a conceptual understanding of inclusion which until quite recently was largely viewed as special education or the education of learners with physical disabilities (p. 2).

This is one of the statements that educators and policy makers reading this interesting research study should take away and examine very closely in social, cultural, historical and environmental contexts to be able to advance the agenda of inclusion in African countries. One cannot go through this book without critically reflecting on its dense and rich content, and its empirical style in conveying this complex message on inclusive education in African contexts. These two elements constitute the background of this...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationNazarbayev UniversityAstanaKazakhstan

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