Authors: Ina Joubert, Nkidi Phatudi, Melanie Moen & Teresa Harris

Keyword: citizenship education, South Africa


Agenda 2063: A1, A3

The study contextualises the position of child citizens in the South African democracy and highlights how education for democratic citizenship is employed through a literacy-based approach. The qualitative study was exploratory and based on a lesson presented to nine-year-old township children by giving them language-related tasks. Through the children’s voices we present the life experiences that expressed their need for basic services, education, extra facilities and security. We argue that children need to experience the benefits of democracy and education for democratic citizenship to build and sustain a resilient democratic society.