Daring to Invent the Future

Daring to Invent the Future: Ubuntu and Children’s Theology in Zimbabwe

This project seeks to establish the contribution of Ubuntu to the development of children’s
theology in Zimbabwe. It challenges the trend of writing off Africa as corrupt and
irredeemable by pursuing how the indigenous ethical precepts found in Ubuntu are
contributing towards African flourishing. In particular, it explores how Ubuntu contributes to
character formation in children within the context of Zimbabwean children’s theology.
Further, it examines how the same values can be appropriated in global discourses on virtue
formation. Through the application of insights from children’s literature, sociology, history of
philosophy and other disciplines, the project makes an original contribution to the neglected
field of children’s theology. It does this while addressing key existential issues relating to the
role of Zimbabwean churches in children’s character formation. The project makes a
distinctive contribution to reconstruction theology by paying attention to Ubuntu’s role in the
empowerment of children in Zimbabwe. Essentially, the project seeks to “invent the future”
by ensuring that life giving values from indigenous philosophy are inculcated in Zimbabwean
(and other) children in order to lay a solid foundation.

Principal Investigator: Nisbert T. Taringa, Department of Religious Studies, Classics and
Philosophy, University of Zimbabwe, Harare

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