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Title:The owl of Minerva on a baobab tree, schooling, and African awakening: half a century of post-colonial education for development in Africa
Editors:Assié-Lumumba, N'DriISNI
Mazrui, Ali A.ISNI
Dembélé, Martial
Lumumba-Kasongo, TukumbiISNI
Periodical:African and Asian Studies (ISSN 1569-2094)
Geographic term:Africa
educational history
higher education
languages of instruction
educational cooperation
External link:https://brill.com/view/journals/aas/12/1-2/aas.12.issue-1-2.xml
Abstract:The Comparative and International Education Society held its 55th Annual Conference in May 2011 with the theme 'Education is that which liberates'. At this conference, the Africa Special Interest Group (ASIG) of the CIES organized a series of panels under the theme 'Fifty Years of Education for Development in Africa: Taking Stock and Looking Forward'. Seven of the papers presented are included in this special issue, whose title is borrowed from a paper by Ali A. Mazrui. In the first paper, Mazrui analyses - in the broader and historical context of the encounters between Africans and Europeans - the role of collective memory in its four functions of preservation, selection, elimination and invention. Olivier Labé, Martial Dembélé, Geneviève Sirois, Albert Motivans and Michael Bruneforth offer a retrospective look at the development of education in Africa since 1960 and analyse different colonial legacies. Ali A. Abdi provides theoretical perspectives on historical and contemporary African educational and social developmental contexts. Birgit Brock-Utne analyses the unfounded belief in many so-called anglophone countries in Africa that mathematics and science are best taught in English. On the basis of an examination of the relationships between international organizations and African higher education, José Cossa exposes the subtleties and complexities of power dynamics in negotiations related to higher education policy. Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo examines new trends regarding Chinese and Japanese assistance to Africa with a particular focus on education and research. In the final article, Ali Mazrui argues that the African continent has so far achieved less than it might have and that formal education, just as it has played a role in this process, can also be part of the solution. [ASC Leiden abstract]