This book examines early childhood development (ECD) in Africa. The authors study the positive and negative cultural practices of ethnic groups in Kenya and Uganda and their influence on ECD. While emphasizing the positive, the authors argue that negative local practices such as female genital mutilation, child marriage, and child labor must be challenged because they may violate human rights and are detrimental to the well-being of children. Significantly, the authors conclude that while the forces of globalization have begun to transform education and have led to cultural dissociation in Africa, positive ECD strategies must strengthen rather than supplant the natural and local realities for children.
“Th[is] groundbreaking work . . . is bound to stimulate further research on past, current, and changing ways of ‘dancing’ the African child, and I commend the authors for this important contribution.”-Prof. Kofi Marfo, University of South Florida
ISBN10: 0-7734-1583-1 ISBN13: 978-0-7734-1583-6 Pages: 176 Year: 2012