JULIUS NYERERE AND JOHN DEWEY MODELS OF EDUCATION FOR SELF-RELIANCE: THEIR RELEVANCE TO CONTEMPORARY EDUCATION IN NIGERIA.

  • Irabor, Benson Peter
  • Olufowobi, Oludare Okikiola
  • Adidi, Timothy Dokpesi
Keywords: Education, Self-Reliance, Pragmatism, Reconstructionism, Progressivism, Pedagogy

Abstract

The primary contention of this intellectual inquiry is to provide a workable and practicable panacea to the down surge of education in Nigeria. It is the position of this study that an approach from the intercultural philosophy of education is the most plausible in the face of one-sided educational model of the Western theory. This essay employs the works of John Dewey and Julius Nyerere because of their intrinsic link between education and development as a yardstick to disinter precisely how education can function as a groundwork for nation-building. Thus, the onus of this study is to argue that from pedagogy, we can birth a platform for African development, one which takes cognizance of the undeniable Western presence and Afro-indigenous ideals. For its purpose, this study engages with the notion of self-reliance approach to education for development which is implied in the educational models of John Dewey and Julius Nyerere.