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Title:Africa at the Crossroads: Major Challenges for Social Work Education and Practice towards the Year 2000
Author:Mupedziswa, RodreckISNI
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:on-the-job training
social work
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
Health and Nutrition
Education and state
Social workers
Abstract:The paper focuses on social work education and practice into the next millennium, with particular reference to Africa. It argues that as the year 2000 draws near, the most insurmountable challenges for social work education and practice in Africa are likely to emanate from issues that traditionally have not been regarded as falling within the domain of the social work profession. Issues falling into this category are identified as including the refugee problem, the AIDS issue, unemployment, ecology, and structural adjustment programmes. The paper urges the social work profession to become aggressive and more adventurous if it is to be taken seriously, and indeed, if it is to become more relevant. Social work training must, therefore, be made more appropriate if it is to equip practitioners with the relevant skills and knowledge that will enable them to tackle these and other social challenges in a meaningful way. Bibliogr.