Thought and Practice: A Journal of the Philosophical Association of Kenya

Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2009

Ademola Kazeem Fayemi, O.C. Macaulay-Adeyelure
Pages 41-59

A Philosophical Examination of the Traditional Yoruba Notion of Education and its Relevance to the Contemporary African Quest for Development

This paper undertakes a philosophical investigation of the implications of the traditional Yoruba understanding of education for the contemporary African quest for development. The paper argues that the Yoruba conception of education is marked by the underlying philosophical principles of functionalism, moralism and progressivism. These principles, the paper contends, are of great relevance to the quest of contemporary African societies for education that will serve as a catalyst for development.