Reverend Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop of Cape Town, describes Ubuntu:
“Ubuntu ... It speaks to the very essence of being human. When we want to give high praise to someone we say, ‘Yu, u nobuntu’: he or she has Ubuntu. This means that they are generous, hospitable, friendly, caring and compassionate. They share what they have and are able to go the extra mile for the sake of others. I am human because I belong, I participate, I share. A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good; for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes with knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole. We believe that a person is a person through other persons, that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours. When I dehumanize you, I inexorably dehumanize myself.”
Nine workshop modules explore themes such as personal and social values, community cohesion, interconnectedness between people and with the environment, conflict prevention and resolution, and implementing Ubuntu values in today’s world.
The aim of this resource book and facilitators’ guide is to enable the reader / workshop participants to experience the beauty of Ubuntu, find parallels in their own cultures and to re-ignite the spirit of humanity in their lives – to feel the joy of sharing, to develop the courage to forgive someone, to increase our compassion, to recognise that we are all part of one big human family.
“Occasionally, I read a book that really does re-ignite the spirit of humanity. Introducing UBUNTU is one of those wonderfully engaging books. There is an ever-increasing need for humanity to rediscover the art of living together in harmony. The ancient African tradition of Ubuntu is an inspiring model for all people, as it has a universal application in all cultures. I have no hesitation in recommending this outstanding book for both children and adults, as a tool for living life to the full, in peace and harmony with others”.
Dr. Neil Hawkes, International Consultant for Values-based Education, UK
“The modules include a wide range of activities based on multiple intelligences, such as kinesthetic, musical, spatial, intrapersonal and interpersonal. These activities make this book experiential and reflective … visualization is used effectively to enhance creative and reflective thinking.”
Mrs Lata Venkateswar, primary school teacher, United Arab Emirates
“This is a book that would appeal to those who are involved in the promotion of human values activities, such as facilitators of workshops on values-based education. Ubuntu practitioners like me and organisations and institutions that are involved in the development of Ubuntu would also love to have it."
Mr. John Bhengu, author, South Africa
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