In this video Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen, the Co-Investigator of the “Challenging Categories: Educated Unemployed Youths as Institutional Innovators in Rural Uganda” Research Project opens by quoting three Greek Philosophers – Socrates, Aristotle and Plato – “Education is justice…education is excellence.” Two realities that continue to evade women of rural Uganda and indeed of the world, in spite of the reality of a rapidly growing educated population.

Dr. Laury Lawrence Ocen, during the first Challenging Categories Team Meeting at the CPAR Uganda Lira Learning Centre.

Social construction means that women continue to be subjugated to a hierarchical system of oppression in their pursuits of these two tenets of self-development. So how is this education serving women in the communities at all if they continue to be denied “justice” and “excellence”, which two define the idea of education? Dr. Ocen expounds in the video.

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One thought on “Video – Education is Justice, education is excellence

  1. Comment by the Ngora team,
    We first want to agree with the statement made by Dr Laury Ocen about the mindset of youths today like everyone goes to the University with an expectation that after school. They will be employed by the government and that is what everyone for sure have in mind, people think (with us inclusive) like when we were at school, we knew we would immediately be employed by the government. This is the mindset that most of the youths are having, not thinking that school is where we go to learn new skills and knowledge to earn a living even without being employed by the government or any other NGOs/people.
    And the problem that we have now is bringing all these knowledge and packaging them in away that can make us to survive. So because our brains has already been corrupted with the ideas that you go to school to be employed, has made us not to see and know how we can package these great knowledges that we learnt from school for us to apply and help us navigate through life challenges.
    Inconclusion, we think it is all about mindset, so what most of the educated un(der)employed youths are lacking is the people who can help redirect and re-programme their thinking to be innovative in order to find ways of surviving. Otherwise the experiences we have is that going to school is not all about getting a job but rather to learn how you can put up yourself together and see how to manage life with the knowledge and skills obtained from our various institutions.

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