Essay on Education Of South Africa Vs. United States

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Education in South Africa vs United States

Education is an institution found in nearly all cultures around the world. Education varies in ranking in what is fundamentally important within a culture. There are different learning styles, educational pathways and perceptions of education that are influenced based upon a culture’s language, norms, values, symbols and beliefs. Such a case of variation between cultures is seen in the educational practices and systems in South Africa and the United States.
Located on the southern end of the African continent, South Africa is commonly referred to as the “Rainbow Nation”. South Africa’s multicultural diversity stems from colonization of Dutch settlers and British settlers in the 1800’s as well the introduction of slaves from India and Indonesia (People and Culture n.d.:1). There are eleven officially recognized languages, along with English being the language spoken by the administration, the other languages include Zulu, Afrikaans, Northern and Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsongo, Ndebele, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa. There are about 75.2% black, 13.6% white, 8.6% colored or mixed race and 3.6% Indian. Christianity is practiced by nearly 68% of the population. Other religions that are practiced include Islam, Hinduism, and indigenous beliefs. In South African society, the nuclear family and the extended family or tribe are very important. In traditional African society, the tribe is considered the most important community. The tribe…

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