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Reclaiming Our Indigenous Voices: The Problem with Postcolonial Sub-Saharan African School Curriculum

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Title: Reclaiming Our Indigenous Voices: The Problem with Postcolonial Sub-Saharan African School Curriculum
Authors: Shizha, E.
Keywords: colonial education
indigenous knowledges
school curriculum
Sub-Saharan Africa
voices
LC Subject Headings: Indigenous peoples--Periodicals.
Social work with indigenous peoples--Periodicals.
Issue Date: Sep 2013
Publisher: Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Citation: Shizha, E. (2013). Reclaiming Our Indigenous Voices: The Problem with Postcolonial Sub-Saharan African School Curriculum. Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 2(1).
Abstract: The school curriculum in postcolonial Sub-Saharan Africa experiences challenges that are a legacy of colonial education that remained in place decades after political decolonization. The case for African school curriculum is contentious in contemporary Africa because it negates the voices of African indigenous populations. Despite the advent of decolonization that started in the 1960s, African education systems mirror colonial education paradigms inherited from former colonial governments. Colonial education was hegemonic and disruptive to African cultural practices, indigenous knowledges (IKs) and ways of knowing. Prior to colonization, Africans were socialized and educated within African indigenous cultural contexts. With the advent of colonization, traditional institutions of knowledge started disappearing due to cultural repression, misrepresentations, misinterpretations and devaluation. Postcolonial educations systems in Sub-Saharan Africa should reclaim Indigenous voices through curriculum reforms. This paper explores the possibilities of reclaiming IKs in postcolonial Sub-Saharan African schools and the challenges in revisiting indigenous discourses on school knowledge. The paper argues that it is through the implementation and integration of IKs in schools that students, parents and communities can reclaim their voices in the process of educating the African child.
Pages/Duration: 18 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/29818
ISSN: 2164-9170
Appears in Collections:JISD Volume 02, Issue 01 [Journal of Indigenous Social Development]



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