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Title:The Challenges of Anti-Racist Education Research in the African Context
Author:Dei, George J.S.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:race relations
community education
Education and Oral Traditions
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/43657955
Abstract:The objective of this paper is to examine the basic challenges for those interested in antiracist education in the African social setting. The author points out the main issues educators should pay attention to. The starting point for the antiracist educator is to problematize Eurocentrism, male privilege, ethnic privilege and prejudice, as well as social inequalities among groups in societies. The antiracist educator has to develop an Afrocentric world view as an alternative, non-exclusive system of knowledge among his pupils. This calls for a reform of the school curriculum, as well as of the pedagogical methods used. Moreover, antiracist education must challenge the structures of power in society that control the educational system to make the system fair to all students. Institutions of learning should be made more accessible to the disadvantaged in society, in particular women and those from poor economic backgrounds. Finally, the author discusses the personal challenges the researcher and educator face in pursuing antiracist action in Africa. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French.