Abstract on ancestral calling in schools. Photos: eduvation/ Gogo mathonsi.

KZNDOE calling for abstracts on ancestral calling in schools

Allow your voice to be heard, the KZNDOE is calling for abstracts on the subject of Ancestral calling in schools


Abstract on ancestral calling in schools. Photos: eduvation/ Gogo mathonsi.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education (KZN DOE) announced that it will be hosting an Indaba on ancestral calling in schools.


The KZNDOE has called for submissions of abstracts on this subject matter as it explores ways to deal with the impact of ancestral calling on teaching and learning in schools.

This call comes a month after a 15-year-old sangoma took her own life after being barred from school because of her calling.

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The learner was suspended by the principal of her school in March for mixing a sangoma attire with her uniform.

Although the KZNDOE intervened for the learner to return to school, a lot of damage psychological had been done. As a result, she committed suicide.

A sangoma practising her rituals.


This abstract is guided by the following theme:

  • Coexistence of faith and culture
  • The impact of ukuthwasa/ initiation on teaching and learning
  • The educator’s perception on how it is affecting teaching and learning
  • Developing originators of thought and action related to ancestral calling
  • Colonial heritage and appropriation of western thinking

If you’re interested in writing to the department, here are the author’s guidelines:

  • Title of the abstract – bold
  • Name(s) of the presenter(s), institution and e-mail address – italics and aligned centre
  • Abstract of no more than 400 words, covering: the purpose of the paper, methodology, results, conclusion, recommendation/ implementation
  • Three to five keywords – bold
  • Full abstract in Times New Roman, font size 12
  • Abstract must indicate a subtheme. The subtheme for each abstract must be written below the name(s) of the presenter(s) and be aligned left, bold
  • The abstract title should be concise, not more than 15 minutes, and clearly convey the subject to the abstract.
  • The abstract should be submitted in a Microsoft Word document.

The deadline for submission is 10 August 2022 and the notice of acceptance is 15 August.

Submit to: Dr Siyabonga Dlamini on the following email: