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Title:The necessity of the useless in African education
Author:Castle, E.B.
Periodical:Uganda Journal (ISSN 0041-574X)
Geographic term:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:community education
Abstract:Busia, in 'The Challenge of Africa' discusses the theme that education cannot be successful if conceived only in terms of utility. The author of the present article develops this theme not on any educational principles derived from ancient and modern European ideals, but on views Africans have of themselves, and of the sort of persons they would like to become. First he tries to discover what Africans mean by 'the African Personality', what it is that their poets, novelists, philosophers and politicians are attempting to present as the supremely African characteristics that make Africans different from Europeans. He comes to the answer that to be African is to believe that Man is other Men; Man and his past are one; Man and his natural world are one-in harmony. Then he makes suggestions about the 'useless' part of an African's education: to give children's sense of community full play; cultivation of skills rooted in African experience; organic relationship between children and wonders and resources of their physical environment; the needs of childhood should be fulfilled in activity.