n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Africanisation : the community becomes responsible for its own education development

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1727-7140



Africanisation is generally seen as a renewed focus on Africa, to reclaim what has been taken from Africa. A new sense of pride is emerging that is evident in the local curriculum: there is a renewed spotlight on indigenous knowledge, the diverse student body in a higher education institution, and an African community competing with the demands of a global society. This article, while sympathetic to the demands of globalisation, focuses on how a local community in South Africa should become responsible for its own 'sense of belonging' in the field of education development. It features an Africanised curriculum and specifically designed study material for the higher education student who may be here in South Africa (rural or urban), may live elsewhere in Africa, or may be a local student who has migrated elsewhere on the globe. This article also attempts to create awareness in all communities of the need to be involved in their own curricula by looking at local problems such as language, culture, values, the role of legislation, and training. These have arisen from attempting to Africanise a curriculum to enable a community not only to participate in its own education, but also to become responsible for its own education development.

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