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Reclaim Africa through Recreation of Social Consciousness


Africa has Lost its Values 


The problem with Africa is that we cling to what is foreign; we love what we do not know. We have now killed the social conscious; we are lost and we are busy shadowboxing hoping to get out of the social limbo to which world systems have thrown us. We need to seek and find ourselves. We must start from the school for that is where all seems to get worse by the day. I wonder what we go to school to learn if we do learn at all. Until we mainstream social consciousness we are lost. It is in the nature of human, at least African, to be social. This selfishness and greedy that is tearing Africa apart is foreign; it is not African. It has been planted in us for indeed unlike colonialism, this will consume us. Before we cry about corruption let us go and seek to understand the mindset that creates corruption. Is it African? No, it is not. A true African must not be corrupt. Africans had strong social consciousness; one could not eat while the neighbour goes hungry leave alone amassing wealth, leave alone stealing everything that belonging to society. This  tendencies and practices are foreign but they are fast consuming Africa. 

Decolonise the African School 


It is not only important but also necessary that Africa rethinks the concept of society and its heterogeneity. I wish I could take all Africans, indeed the African elite to a forced classroom so that they can learn the social dynamics of disrespect, disaffiliation, precarisation, solidarity, integration and friendship. They should be meant to explore and learn the structures of social domination and freedom; and be assisted to craft possibilities for social justice, to appreciate the urgency of such through transformative praxes. But then I cannot take these hooligans to school, after all, I doubt their capability to learn for indeed most of them do not exhibit any known tendency towards intelligibility. I therefore would turn my attention to the young. We need to nurture in them the critical enterprise of African social thought. The students should be meat to revisit and redefine current notions of reconciliation, social cohesion, inclusivity, social justice, human rights, diversity and citizenship in a changing world by applying interdisciplinary approaches to its analyses and practice. The speed at which we are losing what is African in embracing what is foreign in the guise of civilization or modernization, or advancement or progress or development must worry schooled Africans.

Re-Engineer Education 


We should be mindful of linking the African perspective to society with modern science and technology. I do not see any anti-thesis in that.  Instead of dropping one in favour of the other, we must integrate the two. This is what I would call decolonizing the school; decolonizing the mind; educating people on what matters. Against the backdrop of national and global societal challenges the education enterprise should be directed towards forming new mindsets. It should aim at developing critical and multi-faceted scholarly practices for: rethinking the social and its heterogeneity; studying the social dynamics of disrespect, disaffiliation, vulnerability, precarism, solidarity, integration and friendship; exploring the structures of social domination and material insecurity; and crafting possibilities for social justice agency through transformative praxes across the various sectors of society. These studies revisit and redefine current notions of reconciliation, social cohesion, inclusivity, social justice, human rights, diversity and citizenship in a changing world by applying interdisciplinary approaches to its analyses and practice. By so doing we will be teaching Africa what matters. Whichever subject one chooses to take they will take it within acceptable social norms. Those who will get educated will definitely espouse social norms and will carry out their duties at every level of society with strong social consciousness. I thought that is was it should mean being African. We must deliberately toil in constructing the Africa that we need. The one that exits now has been manufactured elsewhere and imported to Africa, until and unless we reject it en masse we shall keep crying. 
Reclaim Africa through Recreation of Social Consciousness Reclaim Africa through Recreation of Social Consciousness Reviewed by Ibrahim Magara on February 08, 2016 Rating: 5

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