African Voices in Education by P. Higgs

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By P. Higgs

The Africanisation of schooling is a hugely topical factor. The potentials and pitfalls of Africanisation have drawn loads of severe 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 booklet presents a scientific and transparent exposition of an African voice in schooling, drawing on amazing authors throughout Africa.

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Scientific cooperation must benefit from the strength and synergies derived from regional and international cooperation and promote a well-balanced division of tasks and more efficient use of resources. Furthermore, scientific cooperation must make a meaningful contribution towards improving the quality and relevance of higher education and research by accelerating the emergence of scientific communities in developing countries, as well as by increasing the number and quality of professionals and improving scientific production.

For one thing, the former are served by strong and vocal pressure groups, and funds for libraries and for research are the first to suffer. This means that universities are no longer capable of performing one of their key functions: to sustain first-class research, to generate and apply the knowledge needed to meet Africa's challenges. Without research universities lose also the capacity to offer first-class graduate studies, they lose the capacity to motivate and retain their best brains, and they lose the capacity to train the new generation of research fellows and scientists.

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