How do universities tackle decolonisation project?

What does decolonisation mean? How can higher education institutions begin to implement the decolonisation project practically?

These are some of the questions that have arisen within what is termed the Fallist movement and highlighted in students Fees Must Fall protests.

A new energy has emerged from youth-driven activism taking an academic and philosophical perspective on education. Protesting students are advocating for decolonised curricula to produce more enlightened and inclusive knowledge production processes from that which has existed.

When we talk about decolonisation it's absolutely about addressing the order that is at play when you produce the knowledge. In our context, it's white supremacy.

Athi Nangamso Nkopa, Rhodes Must Fall

There are socio-political and economic relations with the curricula... Curricula is not neutral.

Brian Kamanzi, writer

702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser (standing-in for Redi Tlhabi) spoke to Rhodes activist Athi Nangamso Nkopa and writer Brian Kamanzi about their perspectives regarding the aims of the student movement.

Listen to the conversation:

A video recording of a meeting by #ScienceMustFall activists at the University of Cape Town has been circulated on social media, with various people questioning the validity of the students' call for decolonisation.


This article first appeared on 702 : How do universities tackle decolonisation project?


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