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Title:Academic freedom in Africa
Author:Federici, SilviaISNI
Periodical:Quest: An International African Journal of Philosophy (ISSN 1011-226X)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:academic freedom
educational policy
higher education
human rights
Abstract:A growing number of abuses of academic rights are being perpetrated by African governments not to preclude a 'transition to democracy', but in order to implement the economic and educational policies recommended by the World Bank and the IMF. The World Bank and the IMF, through their structural adjustment programmes (SAP), are reshaping the African educational system in ways that are being denounced by academics and students throughout Africa as a threat not only to academic freedom, but to Africa's economic future and right to self-determination. SAP demands that the State stops subsidizing higher education and restructures it on a 'cost-sharing' basis. If this course prevails, the only 'higher education' allowed to thrive will be one congenial to the needs of foreign agencies and investors. In view of these considerations, Africanists the world over should critically analyse the World Bank's plans for education in Africa. Africanists also need to build mechanisms to defend African colleagues and students whose rights are violated. Professional/ethical guidelines should be established to regulate the activities of Western scholars and prevent them from cooperating with the 'rationalization' process currently underway in Africa's higher education systems. The key condition for the success of such initiatives is that the apathy that surrounds work on Africa in academic circles be overcome. Bibliogr., note, ref., sum. in French (p. 56).