Dr. Oliver Lawrence
Technology and Education Social Justice Series
Black in a White World
Community Organizing – Organizations
Educator-Technologist: The key to merging learning and technology
Five Orientations of Peace
Flash 2D Animation
Internet 101: An introduction to web surfing (Online Learning)
Language Revitalization using Technology
Stories from South Africa Vol. 1
Meeting Diversity, Seeking Commonality: International students in America
Multiculturalism and Non-Racialism: Comparing anti-racist programs
Poverty: A Personal Perspective
Stories from South Africa Vol. 2
Why bullying persists
Story as Case Study
Tapping Natural Learning Systems
Technology for Committees:
The Global Internet Video Classroom (GIVC): A technology supported education model for international learning.
The Mediation Play
The Learning Organization
Ubuntu, Truth and Reconciliation
When I describe Ubuntu to students I use examples that might help them understand the nuanced meaning. I ask them what they would do if they encounter a stray cat stopping by their homes. The quickest and most general response is to provide the cat with saucer of milk. This is probably because we recognize that a cat might need something to drink and serving milk on a saucer is how we would provide that needed drink. I point out that we recognize the cat and its need simply because it is a cat. It does not have to tell us that it is thirsty or that it likes milk or that it might find a saucer more accessible than a cup.
I then point out that Ubuntu recognizes a person's personhood. If you enter a village anywhere in the world indigenous people will offer you a glass of water because they know humans need water regularly. If they recognize the stranger as an American they might offer a Coke or Pepsi. This is the essence of Ubuntu -recognition of your humanity and recognition of what humans need.
I also share that in the Bible when Mary and Joseph arrive at the inn they are told there is no room and they are directed to the barn where Jesus is born. I point out that in Africa Mary would be recognized as a human pregnant woman and would not be directed to the barn that is reserved for animals. Sending a human to the barn would be an act that does not recognize humanness or does not regard any special human treatment. We in the west expect that the poor ask for food or drink, while Ubuntu would not require that a human makes a human need request but deserves our humane treatment simply by being recognized as a person.
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