Education is key?

The phrase ‘education is key’ is constantly evoked, especially when talking about ‘solving the problems’ of Africa. This education is institutional (that is it is found in schools and universities) and it is something that is expected to be given to children, making them more responsible and useful citizens. We of course believe in the power of education here at the Africa Center, however, more than that we believe that a reflection on what kind of education the children in our community are receiving is paramount.

Institutional Education

Most (but not all!) of the schools that exist today on the African continent are remnants of colonial institutions that either were designed to accommodate the colonizer, or that were designed to keep colonised peoples in a lesser social, economical and political position. What then does it mean that we have taken on these systems, often without changing much, and continue to use these schooling systems? It means that the system of education that is being used is not designed to enable the growth of the community/society or country.

Rhodes Must Fall

Many of you will have heard of the Rhodes Must Fall protests that were staged by South African students, followed by students all over the world, starting on the 9th of March 2015. This protest in which students called for the decolonisation of the education curriculum showed clearly that the colonial regime still had its grip on institutional education. Moreover, it showed the massive adverse effects this had on the majority black students receiving this education.

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So friends, returning to the idea of education as key, we must think of what education we are thinking about and making sure that this education is not further perpetrating the ills that we are trying to fight, colonial or not. Patrick Mpedzisi, a civic and social organization consultant in Zimbabwe, talked once of ‘knowledge dissemination’ as a way of spreading information and knowledge that moves away from the idea that institutional education has a monopoly on knowledge. This is something that we at the Africa Center believe in too and want to share with the children in our community.

Afro Multi-Activity Summer Camp!

What better way would there be to share knowledge with children in our community here in Hong Kong than through a summer camp? Moving away from the formal setting of institutional education we share knowledge with children on various topics. From dance, to drama from drumming to mask making and storytelling – the Afro Multi-Activity Summer Camp is going to be a fun and exciting learning experience for children!

Afro Multi-Activity Summer Camp 2021
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Reading Corner

We have been reading ‘The House of Hunger’ by Dambudzo Marechera. Marechera has a interesting history with institutional colonial education as he learnt at a one of the first secondary schools to allow black students admission in Zimbabwe. Come and join us as we discuss this eccentric author!

Book Club
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