Category Archives: Education / Capacity Building

Teaching Right Livelihood – Book published

Teaching Right LivelihoodRLC partner Dr. Ellen Christoforatou from the University of Kassel has published a book on “Education in a Globalized World: Teaching Right Livelihood”. It contains articles by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker,  Laureate of the German Environmental Award, Monika Griefahn, Chair of the RLA Board along with other experts on the question: How is it possible to sustainably implement the ideas of the Right Livelihood Award Laureates – also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize” – in educational and teaching methods of learning as part of future-oriented teacher training?

More information here.

Changing Aspirations, Cultural Models of Success, and Social Mobility in Northern Ghana

by Wolfram Laube

In northern Ghana, many young people, but also parents, teachers, and local authorities, believe that formal education and professional careers provide the only effective means for the rural youth to get ahead. This paper shows how aspirations have been historically changing and analyses in how far new career pathways lead to upward social mobility. Results from qualitative and quantitative research show how weak public education and a lack of educational funding as well as employment opportunities frustrate local aspirations and undermine upward social mobility. However, cultural models of personal success based on an interesting mix of local social values and developmental discourses afford the marginalized youth avenues to social recognition and status.

The paper can be read or downloaded here.