African Childhoods

Education, Development, Peacebuilding, and the Youngest Continent

  • Editors
  • Marisa O. Ensor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction: African Childhoods: Education, Development, Peacebuilding, and the Youngest Continent

  3. The Political Economy of Child Survival in Africa: Agency, Labor, and Subsistence

  4. The Social Context of African Children: Kinship, Hardship, and Community

  5. The Human Capital of African Children: Youth Voices and Schooling in the Youngest Continent

  6. African Children as Political Actors: Child-Inclusive Views on Peacebuilding and Social Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Francis E. Godwyll, Siphokazi Magadla
      Pages 187-200
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 249-262

About this book


With 70 per cent of its people under the age of 30, Africa is the world's youngest continent. African youngsters have been largely characterized as either vulnerable victims of the frequent humanitarian crises that plague their homelands, or as violent militarized youth and 'troubled' gang members. Young people's contributions to processes of educational provision, peace building and participatory human development in Africa are often ignored. While acknowledging the profound challenges associated with growing up in an environment of uncertainty and deprivation, African Childhoods sheds light on African children's often constructive engagement with a variety of societal conditions, adverse or otherwise, and their ability to positively influence their own lives and those of others.


capital care childhood children communication community culture early childhood ecology economy education Generation Policy social change youth

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