Education in Africa: Policies : Books, Journal Articles, Theses

By Nazma M. Ali and Yuusuf Caruso

Books, Journal Articles, and Reports

  • Language Policies in Education: Critical Issues. (2013)
    • This second edition of a collection of comparative and international research articles takes a fresh look at the heart of fundamental debates about the role of schools in society, the links between education and employment, and conflicts between linguistic minorities and "mainstream" populations.

  • Local Knowledge in Inclusive Education Policies in Africa: Informing Sustainable Outcomes. (2022)
    • This journal article reports on the outcomes of a study on inclusive education (IE) policies in South Africa, Ghana and Uganda. Persons with disabilities live within communities and are raised by the values that apply within their communal context. Policymaking is intricately linked to policy implementation, and the inclusion of local knowledge strengthens policy influence, impacting on implementation processes.

Dissertations and Theses

  • "Academic Commons": Search for all Columbia University theses and other open access texts


    Recent Columbia Ph.D Theses

  • Do Tuition Elimination Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa Matter? (2020). By Maurice Mbuanya Mamba.
    • This dissertation assesses the effectiveness of the Ugandan Universal Secondary Education policy. It seeks to ascertain whether and to what extent offering free-tuition education at eligible public and private secondary schools has affected gross enrollment rates at the lower secondary school level in Uganda between 2007 and 2015.
  • Expanding Educational Empires: The USA, Great Britain, and British Africa, circa 1902-1944 (2017). By Sarah Claire Dunitz.
    • This dissertation explores the interventions of American philanthropic foundations in educational programs for British Africa after the First World War. It reveals the extent to which a discourse of education – pedagogy and research – allowed American philanthropic groups, and the numerous governmental and nongovernmental organizations with which they cooperated, to shape the interwar British Empire, and institutionalize a colonial ideology that aligned with American corporate and cultural interests.
  • The Rise of Fallism: #RhodesMustFall and the Movement to Decolonize the University. (2019). By Abdul Kayum Ahmed.
    • This dissertation explores the formation of the radical #RMF student movements at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and Oxford University in the UK—referred to as the Fallist movements. Based on an empirical analysis of the #RMF’s engagement in epistemic disobedience at both UCT and Oxford, the author argues that the university occupies a paradoxical position for Black and other marginalized bodies.
  • A Ticket to Life: Schooling and the Politics of Aspiration in Cape Town. (2022). By Amelia Simone Herbert.
    • Based on 21 months of ethnographic research in South Africa, including participant observation, A Ticket to Life explores how students, alumni, families, and staff of a low-fee independent high school in Cape Town’s oldest township, navigate the racial and spatial politics of aspiration in an anti-Black city as well as how the school is embedded in the broader racialized politics of transnational education reform.