The relevance of Nyambedzano as an effective process for promoting morality among the youth

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dc.contributor.advisor Netshandama, V. O.
dc.contributor.advisor Matshidze, P. E.
dc.contributor.author Ramusetheli, Mavhungu Diana
dc.date 2019
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-07T12:47:25Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-07T12:47:25Z
dc.date.issued 2019-09-20
dc.identifier.citation Ramusetheli, Mavhungu Diana (2019) The relevance of Nyambedzano as an effective process for promoting morality among the youth, University of Venda, South Africa.<http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1418>.
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1418
dc.description PhD (African Studies) en_US
dc.description Department of African Studies
dc.description.abstract Literature and media reports constantly show increased incidences of ill-discipline and lawlessness amongst the youth. These misdemeanours adversely affect communities and the behaviour of the youth as active, responsible and proactive members of the society and community members. Unfortunately, there are insufficient conversations about morality across social strata. The elders often seem disenfranchised by the popularity of the rights-based approach and modernity. In addition, communities are not proactive in coming up with initiatives that encourage on-going nyambedzano between the elders and the youth on issues around morals and discipline. Nyambedzano is a Venda concept that does not seem to have the exact English translation, so in this study I will use the concepts communication, conversation and dialogue interchangeably. Furthermore, there is a continuous blame game in the community about who should lead effective conversations that should buttress the development of responsible youth citizens. The purpose of this study was to explore the relevance of nyambedzano between the youth and elders about African morality among the youth. The study also aimed to investigate factors that were hindering nyambedzano to take place. I conducted qualitative appreciative focus group discussions with the elders and youth (who were in and out of school) that were purposively selected. Data was analysed thematically in relation to the stages of an Appreciative Inquiry approach. Findings revealed that nyambedzano between the elders and the youth about youth morality is relevant; however, its application is complicated by several factors which include the changing family structure, the changing parenting age, media and technology influences, a rightsbased approach to child rearing, and the denigration of cultural values at home, school and in the community. These findings were synthesised to develop a facilitative nyambedzano programme. Contrary to Vhavenda cultural practices, nyambedzano would have to be a two-way communication process between the elders and the youth. It would take place at different contexts, the home being the starting point. There would have to be some compromise between the rights- based contemporary approaches and traditional cultural ways of dealing with morality. This study makes methodological, empirical and theoretical contributions. An Appreciative Inquiry approach was applied to the Vhavenda ethnic group to explore the possibility of Nyambedzano between the youth and elders. The empirical contribution is that this study is the first to address nyambedzano as a process for promoting morality among the youth, within the context of the Tshivenda culture. The theoretical contribution of this study lies in the development of the facilitative nyambedzano programme that describes how nyambedzano between the elders and the youth should take place, taking into consideration the cultural values of the Vhavenda people. The recommendations are based on the creation of supportive parents, families, teachers, schools, churches, community members and policy makers. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 189 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Nyambedzano (conversation) en_US
dc.subject Morality (Mikhwa) en_US
dc.subject Responsible citizens en_US
dc.subject African morality en_US
dc.subject Ill-discipline en_US
dc.subject Youth en_US
dc.subject Vhakegulu na vhakalaha (community) elders en_US
dc.subject Society en_US
dc.subject.ddc 155.2508350968257
dc.subject.lcsh Ethics -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Moral development -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Moral education -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Child psychology -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Youth -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh Conduct of life -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.title The relevance of Nyambedzano as an effective process for promoting morality among the youth en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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