To Fight and Learn: The Praxis and Promise of Literacy in Eritrea's Independence War

To Fight and Learn: The Praxis and Promise of Literacy in Eritrea's Independence War

by Les Gottesman, Leslie Gottesman
     
 

What was the promise of education that drew thousands of rural Eritreans to literacy classes in the midst of drought, famine, and war? This new book examines the remarkable testimony of Eritrea's fighter-teachers, the teenagers who spent years behind enemy lines teaching peasants and nomads to read and write during Eritrea's independence struggle. Using philosophical… See more details below

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What was the promise of education that drew thousands of rural Eritreans to literacy classes in the midst of drought, famine, and war? This new book examines the remarkable testimony of Eritrea's fighter-teachers, the teenagers who spent years behind enemy lines teaching peasants and nomads to read and write during Eritrea's independence struggle. Using philosophical hermeneutics - the study of human understanding - as an analytical framework, Dr. Gottesman shows how the teachers became students of their students, learning the language and customs of rural people to create a "fusion of horizons." In this educational process, traditional Eritrean values and the progressive vision of the revolutionary movement found a locus for dialogue, exchange, and for change itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569020685
Publisher:
Red Sea Press, Inc., The
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.78(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
The Research Process4
IWar and Beyond27
IIHistory of Eritrea39
IIIEducation, Precolonial to Postliberation67
IVEducation and Development: Two models111
VHermeneutic and Critical Problems125
VILegitimation of Literacy173
Conclusion: Return to the Source251
Index267

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