The primary aim of this module is to provide those in leadership positions in faith-based schools with a fresh understanding of the historical dimension of the educational enterprise. It also emphasises the ministerial aspect of the education of youth. The module also engages the following themes:
(1) A survey of the history of education in the South African context, with attention paid to the tensions between formal and informal education (as well as the differences in educational provision for the privileged and the underprivileged) within this context.
(2) A general survey of the history of faith-based schools in the African context, with the focus on Christian tradition, their impact on education in both the academic and religious spheres, and the contribution of such schools in the religious, social and political spheres.
Educational polices of the Catholic or other Christian churches: an in-depth study of relevant documents relating to Catholic/Christian education issued by the Vatican, SACBC or other bodies, with special emphasis on the ways in which Gospel values can be taught and put into practice.