This is a comprehensive collection offering accounts of “first hand” lived experiences of young people growing up in some form of residential child and youth care in 19 African countries.
This is volume is part of the Residential Child and Youth Care in a Developing World Series.
In this volume, the history of residential child and youth care has been shared, with almost all authors emphasising the undisputable role of the family, and/or extended family, in the upbringing of vulnerable children and youths. The impact of colonisation is consistently highlighted as something that has influenced how African children and young people are being cared for. It became evident that colonisation significantly eroded cultural traditions and religious practices of the African communities on how to raise children and youth.