In this research theme we explore methodologies for doing child theology, with a specific emphasis on children and youth at-risk and early childhood development. This project finds specific focus in the Village of Support, an incubator for child and youth development training in Rustenburg-Phokeng.


Multidisciplinary meetings: Listening to the experiences of children in a child and youth care centre

Adults for good reason agree that children should be protected at all times. However, in their attempts to help children who are vulnerable, adults should be cautious of cultivating a…

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Adolescent girls’ voices on their need for sexuality education: A cry for mutual sexual emancipation

‘Teachers expect parents to teach you. Parents expect teachers to teach you. So actually you learn nothing and nobody wants to talk about it’. This quote from this research study…

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An integrated African pastoral care approach to unaccompanied refugee minors based on Verryn’s Child interventions

The African proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ has been compromised and exposed by the migration of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URMs) from Zimbabwe to South Africa. Written…

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Engaging children as ‘agents of change’: The Grahamstown Scout Group

This article, as a narrative, offers a ‘learning journey’ of the Grahamstown Scout Group, and reveals how ‘the child’s right to participation’ (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the…

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Doing theology with children through multimodal narrativity

Doing theology with children, in a systematic and focused way, is a new practice. This article contributes to this theological practice by examining its emergence, nature and mission and proposing…

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Doing theology with children: Some challenges for adult theologians

Doing theology with children, which includes children as equal participants in the process, is no easy task. Adult theologians face many challenges in becoming involved in doing theology with children.…

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Research with children as theologians: Ethical and methodological issues

In this article, I explain why it is important for theologians to involve children in empirical research, and why children themselves can and should be considered as ‘theologians’. Therefore, I…

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Towards emancipatory research methodologies with children in the African context: Practical possibilities and overcoming challenges

Despite having international and national legislative frameworks and policies that guarantee children’s rights and encourage their participation in matters affecting them, consulting children has received scant scholarly attention in the…

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Doing theology with children: Exploring emancipatory methodologies

This article serves as an introduction to a collection of articles that explores emancipatory methodologies for doing theology and research with children. We focus on both the agency and the…

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Doing theology with children in a South African context: Children as collaborators in intergenerational ministry

The vision of Child Theology Africa is to advance a child-friendly continent by doing theology with, for, about and through African children. In this article we would like to explore…

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Children as theological hermeneutic: Is there a new epistemological break emerging? – Nico Botha

Children are the great omission in theology. The objective of the article is to show that there is a growing realisation of this reality. More than that, there are attempts…

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Theology disrupted: Doing theology with children in African contexts

The thrust of this article is an attempt to respond to the question whether we can read and interpret the bible in Africa from the child theology vantage point. The…

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‘Children must be seen and heard’ – Doing postcolonial theology with children in a (southern) African Reformed church

Taking theology to the African children needs to start with a serious engagement of the colonial experience that African Christianity, communities and families were subjected to – mostly in subdued…

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Theology disrupted by the challenge of refugee children

This article focuses on the plight of refugee children and families and takes the form of a dialogue between an academic theologian and a community activist who works for an…

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Rethinking sin and evil through the life of a child sex slave

This article rethinks (original) sin and evil through the life of a child called Engela who has been ‘sold’ into sex slavery. Focus is placed on the high value with…

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Providing mentoring for orphans and vulnerable children in internally displaced person camps: The case of northern Nigeria

The challenge of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) has become central to the response of many organisations (UN, UNHCR, AONN, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, etc.) today. The number of OVC throughout…

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Unsettling Theology: Sunday school children reading the text of the Bible in the age of recolonisation

During Women’s month in South Africa (August), a group of Sunday school children from the rural congregation of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa (URCSA), Middelburg- Nasaret, got together…

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