By P. Higgs
The Africanisation of schooling is a hugely topical factor. The potentials and pitfalls of Africanisation have drawn loads of serious debate, either in Africa and overseas. After the political adjustments of 1994 in South Africa, there was renewed curiosity within the query of a distinctively African philosophy. This book offers a scientific and transparent exposition of an African voice in schooling, drawing on individual authors throughout Africa.
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Whenever possible, training activities should be carried out mainly, but not exclusively, in the developing countries themselves. This will help to develop local environments which are conducive to creative scientific work and will also facilitate the training of larger groups of individuals and eventually of whole research teams. By improving local conditions for continued postprogramme work, one of the many causes of the brain drain will also be addressed. Recognizing that access to scientific information is a precondition for the development of scientific work, international cooperation should strengthen the capacity for collecting and actively disseminating information, including information about the profiles of relevant scientific institutions and networks.
However, it is possible to work on other factors, including the remaining three points, in such a way as to bring about a few changes and, in the long term, a more balanced world scientific order. Thus, the dependence on research tools and material manufactured in the North is but an aspect of the underindustrialization of Southern countries. Though it cannot be overcome as a specific and separate issue, it can certainly and must be solved as part of the overall problem of economic dependence and underdevelopment.
African Voices in Education by P. Higgs