Nelson Mandela's Legacy Of Racial Problems In Education In South Africa

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Once upon a time, South Africa appeared headed for a bloodbath. Many believed that apartheid could never be peacefully dismantled and that the country was destined for violent chaos. In the end, Nelson Mandela's visionary leadership proved them wrong. But 12 years later, black unemployment remains as high as 40 percent, the wealth gap between whites and blacks persists, and efforts to tackle widespread poverty have generated only frustration. We're used to thinking of South Africa as a success story and sometimes forget that its post-apartheid transition remains unfinished. If its government can't show more progress soon, South Africa may well be headed for trouble (Bremmer). The legacy of apartheid seriously limits South Africa’s social development since there is still an attitude of racial division and issues in educational development. This is slowing down South Africa’s growth and seriously limiting its possibilities as a country. The apartheid was a racial segregation enforced by the government. From 1948 to 1994 it was the official policy of South Africa. During those years, there was a horrible inequality amongst the people living in the society. The government, driven by the white population, enforced various laws that underprivileged the blacks, coloreds and Asians. Their rights were striped away from them one by one and they no longer had the abilities to live as they have before. They were losing all their properties and abilities to make a difference in their own country since their political rights were taken away from the as well. The colored population was treated with such atrocious contempt and no one was going to stand up for the wrongdoings of the government. Nonetheless, in the eyes of whites, they were the u... ... middle of paper ... ...e South Africa's economic growth (Apartheid: Lingering). This is causing an economic gap to continue growing between the black and white population. The lack of money in the black population is limiting their possible growth because they can’t afford good schools. So the lack of education in the past is causing a lack of education today. Since the apartheid era, many policy changes have occurred within education to try to address educational inequalities. According to Phillipa Garson, integration has occurred in the school system, and school is compulsory for nine years for all races. This is all a positive step towards South Africa becoming a more equal country when it comes to the level of education of its people. There is still much to do though to try and narrow the gap between what is education is available for the white and black population in South Africa.

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