Africa: Putting Africa Back Into African Education

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Africa remains on the periphery in the curricula of most African schools. This must change at basic school level, but to do this, we need to reconsider the ideology behind the curriculum.

Let's start by stating the obvious: The African renaissance is a progressive vision for Africa and the future of its children. What is less obvious is how our school curriculum reflects the values intrinsic to this agenda.

As an academic looking at curriculum ideology in Africa, I see decoloniality and Afrocentricity as integral to the ongoing debate on educational reforms. This means our South African school curriculum needs to be drastically altered if we want to re-awaken and shape Africa's future in a globalised world.

The African renaissance - or renewal - is an important part of Africa's development. Its agenda fosters renewed pride in identity, new dreams and hope, a burgeoning consciousness, and restoration to a people who have been subjected to centuries of slavery, colonialism and racism. But just how do we integrate it with education?

Africa remains on the periphery in the curricula of most African schools. This simply must change - and much earlier, at basic school level - but for this, we need...

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