Education for a Socially Just World: Re-thinking Social Science Curriculum in Fiji for Inclusion, Social Justice and Equity

Year: 2019

Author: Ibrahim, Fereal

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
The fundamental values for a socially just world are inclusion, empowerment, visibility, equity, access, social justice, and shared responsibility. Education is an important tool for creating a socially just world. The social science curriculum plays a critical role in cultivating fundamental values for a socially just world. It also helps in creating inclusive learning places for children to experience these values hands-on. In Fiji, one of the primary purposes of social science curriculum is to assist young people with the development of a cultural ethic in which respect for different cultures and societies is valued (Ministry of Education, 2016). However, the curriculum does not explicitly promote the fundamental values for a socially just society. Thus, it is crucial to rethink the social science curriculum in Fiji to promote the fundamental values for a socially just society. This paper will focus on social justice, inclusivity and equity as key concepts for fostering a socially just Fiji through the social science curriculum. The paper is organized into three parts. In the first part of the paper, I define the three concepts and examine its significance for cultivating a socially just world. The second part of the paper presents a critical review of literature by exploring themes on inclusion, social justice, and equity to demonstrate the gaps in the social science curriculum in Fiji. Finally, the paper argues that these concepts have a strong implication for social science curriculum in Fiji and demonstrates how these concepts, through a culturally responsive pedagogy, can be deployed to the upper primary social science curriculum in Fiji. The paper concludes by proposing that we can join hands in creating a socially just world by re-thinking the social science curriculum in Fiji.

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