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|Title:||The philosophy of sustainable development as depicted in the proverbs of amaNdebele|
|Publisher:||Journal of Emerging Trends in Educational Research and Policy Studies (JETERAPS)|
|Abstract:||This paper looks at the aspect of development as depicted in proverbs. Proverbs are a part of oral literature, which is an integral part of the Africans. The research makes the assumption that sustainable development is not a phenomenon that was introduced by the West through colonisation, but it has always been there in Africa. Therefore in order for the Western concept of development to be meaningful to Africans, it must incorporate the African concept of development. This form of development is contained and expressed in African philosophy, of which proverbs are a part. The paper begins by explaining what development is. It then proceeds to explain what sustainable development is today and then link it to the African context. The paper also explains what proverbs are, their structure and the philosophy behind them. It goes on to identify and analyse those proverbs that are inclined towards development. This is done while at the same time explaining ‘development’ in the African context. The main focus is on the Ndebele proverbs. However, some reference is made to proverbs from other African communities, especially Bantu societies which share a lot of characteristics with the Ndebele people. Reference is also made to the development agencies such as non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government departments and other organisations and individuals who have been involved in matters of community development in one way or another. Case studies will be drawn from the activities of these agencies in order to see whether they have succeeded in fulfilling their mandate or not.|
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