n Journal of African Education - Renaming University Teaching and Learning Facilities in South Africa: towards the Africanisation of Higher Education

Volume 1, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2633-2922
  • E-ISSN: 2633-2930



In South Africa, students and lecturers have been asking university management and government to rename teaching and learning facilities in line with the higher education transformation agenda. Strikes, demonstrations and debates regarding the decolonisation and Africanisation of higher education have been used as ways to communicate the need to fast-track the renaming process. Renaming lecture rooms, lecture theatres, laboratories, sports facilities, halls of residence, campus roads and other facilities help to embrace African culture, values and beliefs. This paper explores Africanisation by renaming of teaching and learning facilities. To understand Africanisation, a qualitative study was conducted using semi–structured interviews and observation of university facilities to understand the process of renaming. Selected naming committees, student representative members and lecturers participated by giving their views on the renaming of teaching and learning facilities. Findings from this study revealed that facilities with African names embrace African identity, ownership and brings peace and a sense of belonging to the learning and teaching environment.

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