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Ubuntu for Social Entrepreneurship Education

Adri Du Toit ()
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Adri Du Toit: North-West University/Institute, Potchefstroom, South Africa

RAIS Conference Proceedings 2021 from Research Association for Interdisciplinary Studies

Abstract: The value created for individuals and communities through social entrepreneurship is increasingly reported in research. Still, the perception that the purpose of entrepreneurship is only for individual or economic gain persists. This narrow perception needs to be expanded to include recognition of social entrepreneurship as a distinctive form of entrepreneurship, together with its broader purpose and the numerous benefits associated with it. The value-creation purpose of social entrepreneurship education can ameliorate numerous socio-economic problems experienced in many communities across the globe. In Africa, where similar problems are profuse, the need for social entrepreneurship is mounting. Therefore, the current conceptual paper explored how the African philosophy of ubuntu can contribute to a broader understanding of the value that social entrepreneurship can create for individuals and their communities. One approach to expand general perceptions is to disseminate knowledge and understanding in this regard, using entrepreneurial education. Gert Biesta's theory on educational purpose, focusing on qualification, socialization, and subjectification, was utilized as a framework to analyze and compare the purpose of social entrepreneurship and ubuntu for entrepreneurial education. Subsequently, recommendations were formulated for including and expanding purposeful learning for social entrepreneurship as part of entrepreneurial education in Africa.

Keywords: entrepreneurial education; purposeful education; qualification; social entrepreneurship; socialization; subjectification; ubuntu (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 6 pages
Date: 2021-10
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Published in Proceedings of the 24th International RAIS Conference on Social Sciences and Humanities, October 17-18, 2021, pages 10-17

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