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Date of Graduation
Master of Education (MEd)
Department of Educational Foundations and Exceptionalities
Black students all over the world are at a disadvantage. They are misunderstood and oppressed. Black students do not receive an adequate intentional education in traditional educational spaces. Non-formal educational spaces have been supportive to Black students since slavery. Non-formal spaces have provided a space for Black people to feel seen and learn in a safe space. In this phenomenological qualitative study, four female Black Zambian gap-year students within a non-formal educational space were interviewed individually to describe the impact of a non-formal space on their understanding of Blackness. Through individual, semi- structured interviews, and additional data from the researcher’s journal that documented information from those interviews, participants described how their identities were shaped by the non-formal space. Key findings included the non-formal space being a safe space and home-like for participants, a recognition of the impact of their dark skin on their Black identity, and how Blackness is described in the non-formal space. This study contributes to the much needed research and investigation on Black African women in non-formal spaces, but most importantly Black women.
Brown, Kenique, "From one tired black student to another: The understanding of blackness in non-formal spaces" (2023). Masters Theses, 2020-current. 192.