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South African Journal of Education

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MATHEBULA, Thokozani. People's Education (for People's Power)a promise unfulfilled. S. Afr. j. educ. [online]. 2013, vol.33, n.1, pp.1-12. ISSN 2076-3433.

The central feature of Athenian citizens' rights, that is, people's participation in government, is also enshrined in the South African Constitution. This article argues for the Athenian style of participatory democracy as a viable model of participation in governing South African schools. The author claims that 'people's education', which had its origins in the principles of the Freedom Charter1 - was diluted during the negotiationsfor South Africa's new democratic government. As a result, the political and educational ideal of 'people's education for 'people's power' has given way to democratic elitism in post-apartheid South African schools.

Keywords : democracy; education; elitism; Freedom Charter; participation; people's education; Representative Councils of Learners; School Governing Bodies.

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