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Title of Paper Goes here - Bonnie J. Reimann, PhD Candidate, College of Education & Human Development, School of Kinesiology

Service Learning for Social Justice

Map of NamibiaIn June of 2006, I was part of a group of twenty faculty members representing various disciplines from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN who traveled to Namibia, Africa. We were there for approximately two weeks and our purpose was to study social justice issues in the country and, hopefully, to use these new experiences to enhance the teaching and learning experience within our profession.

Social justice is a broad, somewhat vague term and therefore it can mean different things to different people, depending on interests or the issues at hand.  Most would agree that social justice is about the process of treating all people in a society equally and fairly and that people who have power and privilege are willing to sacrifice and help make society more equitable. 1  This includes all areas of society where there is a hierarchy and some people have more (respect, dignity, food, etc.) than others. 

Specifically, we were to study social injustice in Namibia and then use what we learned to incorporate a service learning assignment for our students into one of our own courses at Gustavus. Because my interests lie in physical education pedagogy, especially related to gender issues, I really wanted to gain a better understanding of what physical education and sport are like in Namibia.

While our group had monthly meetings for approximately six months prior to our departure where we discussed various readings and had speakers, traveling to Africa was new for most of us and we eagerly awaited the end of the school year and beginning of our adventure.

Paper and photos by Bonnie J. Reimann.


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