Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice


This academic research presents the case for Africentrism and its attendant rituals for the African Diaspora to aid in the motivation and inspiration factor in the male's choice to pursue higher education in Jamaica. The paper discussed Africentric rites of passage against the background of pre-emancipation and post-emancipation education in Jamaica. It also analyzed the current educational system for male nationals along with the implications for applying Africentrism to theories and practice of education for male stu-dents. The major concern precipitating this study was the low levels of male enrolment in institutions of higher learning, as the female population far surpasses that of the male in most disciplines at the tertiary level. The conditions contributing to the phenomenon were traced and examined to determine whether there existed a problem of cultural identity, contributing to the male's resistance and lack of interest in pursuing education at the pre-university level. Sources of history, educational theories, gender development and Afri-centrism were explored to conclude that rites of passage could in fact contribute to males' educational devel-opment at higher levels of education. The issues presented leads to a discussion of the possible purveyors of this type of renewed system of education to assist in preparing the male learner for higher education.