`Jagdish S Gundara's own early experiences have given him unique insights into both the problems and the possibilities of relationships between cultures. His book reflects a life dedicated to fostering positive intercultural relations and provides an analysis of the role of education in overcoming the barriers. All who are interested in building genuinely inclusive notions of education and citizenship will benefit from reading this impressive book' - Geoff Whitty, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, University of London Jagdish S Gundara raises a range of critical issues for educators as a consequence of historical and contemporary aspects of social diversity. Using a historical and social scie
Chapter 3: Practising Intercultural Education
Practising Intercultural Education
A National Concern
The critical issues of intercultural education, and the promotion of a sense of belonging rather than of being excluded or marginalised, need to be addressed as part of a national concern for educational progress. For if intercultural education is not fundamentally integrated into the mainstream educational system, the main social policy provision can be counter-productive and have racist consequences. It can also lead to disillusionment amongst the subordinate communities and tend to their balkanisation within the state.
Education takes place within a broad societal and political context. On its own it cannot solve all society's problems – political action and economic measures are needed, to maintain peace, social stability and political integrity. What is being considered here is ...