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Title:Social Work in Africa: Issues and Challenges
Authors:Rwomire, ApolloISNI
Raditlhokwa, Logong
Year:1996
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Volume:11
Issue:2
Pages:5-19
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Africa
Botswana
Subjects:social work
social work education
Labor and Employment
Health and Nutrition
sociology
history
Social workers
Abstract:Social work as a field of study and practice is not well understood, especially in Africa. This is largely due to the fact that social work is a profession still in its infancy. The first part of this article defines and explains the characteristics, origins and functions of social work. The second part examines the major issues and problems facing social work in Africa today. These revolve around its structure, functions, identity, resources and around social work education. The author describes the aims of radical social work and examines the obstacles the Social Work Department of the University of Botswana has encountered in organizing its curriculum. By way of conclusion areas that need urgent action are mentioned: curriculum evaluation and development, training in research, social planning and administration, and resource mobilization. Bibliogr., sum.
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