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Title:Indigenising the school curriculum: an alternative approach for ensuring relevance to the context
Authors:Yishak, D.M.
Gumbo, M.T.
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:curriculum development
basic education
External link:https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC132017
Abstract:A relevant and functional curriculum is the vehicle that ensures the relevance of an education system. The lack of relevance of borrowed curricula has caused the education systems of developing countries to be in a state of perpetual crisis. Today, a plethora of curricula reform projects has been implemented in Africa - with little success. These reform activities have all suffered from a major, inherent structural defect: they have only changed the contents of the curriculum. As a result, Western cultural influences remain embedded in the foundations of the curricula. This article suggests an alternative approach to curriculum development known as 'indigenization'; this approach calls for the preparation of a curriculum that is rooted in indigenous foundations and theories, and in principles and ideas derived from indigenous culture. The context referred to in the article is Ethiopia. Currently, a strong debate is ongoing in Ethiopia about the relevance and quality of basic education. The authors discuss the historical background of basic education curriculum development and its flaws in Ethiopia. They then propose the indigenization of the foundations of the curriculum by putting forward the indigenization curriculum model as a solution. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]