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Title: Religious Encounter in African Schools
Subtitle: Can it be a Platform for Addressing Insecurity?
Author(s): CHIDONGO, Tsawe-Munga
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 31    Issue: 1   Date: 2021   
Pages: 35-48
DOI: 10.2143/SID.31.1.3289542

Abstract :
Religion is a significant component in the daily affairs of Africans. Christianity, Islam and African Indigenous Religion have been practiced consistently for generations, with Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism also strongly influencing urban regions where there is a presence of Asian communities. As a consequence of major global developments that have necessitated the movements of communities, contemporary Africa has become a diverse multi-cultural and multi-religious society. What has sparked tension and fear regarding security in some African states recently is the grip of global religious radicalization that is tearing apart secular and religious communities. In this paper, the author explores religious encounter and dialogue in African schools as a means of inculcating and reforming religious education, with the aim of enhancing cohesion in order to avert the ill effects of insecurity. Kenya is used as a case study, for this purpose.

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