"GOD IS NOT CHRISTIAN" : A CASE FOR DECOLONISING OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION IN LESOTHO SCHOOLS

Prof. Luvuyo Ntombana*Department of Sociology, Anthropology and History
Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Rasebate Isaac Mokotso, National University of Lesotho andResearch Fellow in the Department of Religion Studies, University of the Free State, South Africa

Pharos Journal of Theology ISSN 2414-3324 online Volume 99 - (2018) 
Copyright: ©2018 Open Access- Online @ http//:www.pharosjot.com

Abstract

The main contention of this paper is that the current primary and high school curriculum in 
Lesotho is not much different from the colonial project. Although Lesotho is now a free country, the current curriculum still promotes Christianity over other religions. Even though more than 90% of school teachers are paid by the government, the curriculum on religious studies is still influenced by Christian churches and teachings. This paper traces the background of the current school curriculum on religious studies and further argues that what is considered “Religious Studies” is a continued indoctrination of Christianity which is exactly the same as the colonial project. We further contend that this situation is a serious violation of the Lesotho constitution and a lack of commitment to a number of other international protocols, international declarations and conventions on inclusive education of which the Lesotho government is a co-signer. We implore the Lesotho government to take responsibility and protect the cultural and religious rights of all citizens by introducing a more inclusive religious studies curriculum across the board.