On Building and Rebuilding Nations

  • Colin Power
Part of the Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (EDAP, volume 27)


Historically, political legitimacy was founded on dynasty or religion. Education was primarily a private matter. The responsibility for passing on essential skills, knowledge and values to the young rested with the family, religious bodies, guilds and local communities. With the rise of the Nation State, education became the responsibility of the State. The most important task assigned to the national systems of education has been education for citizenship, the task of nation building.


Nation building Co-operation for development Disasters Civil war Genocide Democracy Social cohesion Multiculturalism Citizenship 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin Power
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  1. 1.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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