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Africa: Missing Voices " #4: New Directions in African Education: Challenges and Possibilitiesby S. Nombuso Dlamini
Synopses & Reviews
It has been said that education in post-colonial Africa is in a state of crisis. Policies and practices from Eurocentric colonial regimes have carried over, intertwining with challenges inherent in the new political and economic climate. Leaders have done little to remedy the malfunctioning education system, and even where attempts have been made, they have overwhelmingly been shaped by commercial and capitalist interests. In New Directions in African Education, editor Nombuso Dlamini has gathered essays from continental African scholars who, before pursuing graduate studies in North America, had first-hand experience with the education system in post-colonial Africa. Their cross-cultural perspective has provided a unique opportunity to critically examine education in the African context and to present possible courses of action to reinvent its future. These authors are in search of a new model for African education—a model that embraces indigenous knowledge, helps cultivate a greater sense of pride in people of African descent, and, most importantly, serves local needs.
Book News Annotation:
In recent years, there has been a growing concern about the state of education in Africa. Dlamini (education, U. of Windsor, Canada) presents a collection of nine essays assessing education in Africa and suggesting ways to transform it. The contributing authors are nine continental African scholars who, prior to pursuing graduate studies in North America, did the majority of their schooling in educational institutions in Africa and so are able to offer a unique cross-cultural perspective in their critical examination of African education. The authors consider the colonial roots of the current educational crisis, and discuss the need for a new model of education which addresses gender parity, embraces indigenous knowledge, helps cultivate a greater sense of pride in people of African ancestry, and serves local needs. Distributed in the U.S. by Michigan State U. Press. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In New Directions in African Education, editor Nombuso Dlamini has gathered essays from continental African scholars who, before pursuing graduate studies in North America, had first-hand experience with the education system in post-colonial Africa.
About the Author
S. Nombuso Dlamini is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education and holds the position of Research Leadership Chair at the University of Windsor. Her research encompasses youth, identities studies, Postcolonial cultures and critical race matters. She is the author of Youth and Identity Politics 1990-1994.
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