The Decolonisation of South African Schooling

In December 2017, as part of its commitment to promoting deep listening and reflection, Education DialogueSA brought together key stakeholders to explore the meaning of decolonisation in the context of basic education, and to consider proposals for the decolonisation of schooling in South Africa. The call for a decolonised education system has been growing in the past two years, particularly in the context of higher education. Recently, the NECT observed that similar questions and proposals are being posed in the basic education sector. These include whether the current offerings pose epistemic injustices, devalue indigenous cultures and their knowledge systems; and how historical and cultural inheritances can enrich the current education system.

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