oa Africa Insight - Old truths, New realities

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



In the four development decades that the African continent has gone through, numerous lessons have been learnt from literacy, adult education, as well as development efforts. Yet for all that, achieving well-being for all has not only remained elusive, but poverty has intensified. leaving millions of once proud rural communities throughout Africa hapless. Development paradigms have not been questioned sufficiently to permit any fundamentally innovative approaches to be proposed. Being rural is automatically equated with being poor; being illiterate in terms of the western alphabet is automatically equated with being ignorant. How can poverty be alleviated when literacy and development strategies express such an inability to recognise the tremendous ""prior knowledge"" that people all over Africa already have, and which we now know empirically, was set upon, marginalised and denigrated at will by the process of colonialism and scientific disciplines combined?

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