The U Family Book Club offers community members, parents, and teachers the opportunity to get geeky together. Each book club session will involve bi-weekly discussions where we share, learn, and collectively draw conclusions to better our community, our relationships, and ourselves within the framework of early childhood and the work we do at the U School.
For our first book selection, we are going to dive into Ubuntu with the book, Everyday Ubuntu: Living Better Together, The African Way by Mungi Ngomane. Ubuntu is at the heart of everything we do at the U School, which makes this book the perfect first read for our book club. We will be getting together bi-weekly, via Zoom, starting Tuesday, July 28, at 8:30pm.
If you’re interested in joining us for our first U Family Book Club selection, or any future book selections, please let us know on this form.
Below is a short blurb about Everyday Ubuntu: Living Better Together, The African Way.
The essential guide to Ubuntu, the South African philosophy which teaches that our common humanity and interconnectedness is key to living a better life.
“This book will open your eyes, mind and heart to a way of being in the world that will make our world a better and more caring one.”
–Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Ubuntu is a Xhosa word originating from a South African philosophy that encapsulates all our aspirations about how to live life well, together. It is the belief in a universal human bond: I am only because you are. And it means that if you are able to see everyone as fully human, connected to you by their humanity, you will never be able to treat others as disposable or without worth. By embracing the philosophy of Ubuntu and living it out in daily life it’s possible to overcome division and be stronger together in a world where the wise build bridges, not walls.
These 14 lessons from the Rainbow Nation are an essential toolkit to helping us all to live better, together. In stories that recognise our common humanity, our connectedness and interdependence, Everyday Ubuntu helps to make sense of the world and our place in it. Exploring ideas of kindness and forgiveness, tolerance and the power of listening, it shows how we can all benefit from embracing others. Including practical applications and mindful exercises, it is an inspirational guide to a more fulfilling life as part of the large family to which we all belong.