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Christian National Education (CNE) and People’s Education (PE): Historical perspectives and some broad common grounds

E. S. van Eeden, L.M. Vermeulen
New Contree | Vol 50 | a441 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/nc.v50i0.441 | © 2024 E. S. van Eeden, L.M. Vermeulen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 29 February 2024 | Published: 30 November 2005

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E. S. van Eeden, North West University, South Africa
L.M. Vermeulen, North West University, South Africa

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A recognition of the legitimate origins of the idea of Christian-National Education in a people’s struggle for freedom does not mean endorsing the idea as such. Especially in its later development, it seems that the ChristianNational idea has taken on wholly unacceptable features…For those who identify with the people’s education movement, the Christian-National idea will be a symbol of the system of oppression against which they now struggle so that it will be difficult for them to appreciate its origins in an earlier struggle against oppression that closely parallels their own.


Christian-National Education; People’s Education; historical perspectives


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