South Africa isn’t the “rainbow nation” some claim it to be.
How can conversations around race, class and gender be allowed back into classrooms without becoming emotionally harmful and divisive?
People need spaces in which they can speak honestly about their pain and anger.
Universities are so busy trying to make ends meet that there's no time to listen to their communities' stories. It's crucial to develop safe spaces where tough conversations can happen.
Older generation freedom fighters like Nelson Mandela are losing currency among some young people in South Africa.
Student activists are losing faith in the legacies of anti-apartheid heroes like Nelson Mandela. Perhaps all South Africans should do the same. It may just be what the country needs for its future.
Artisans are crucial for any economy.
The history of artisanal training and employment in South Africa has been one of systematic social exclusion and inequality.
The sky is the limit for African science when universities work together.
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Collaboration is one of the keys to making African science soar: when the continent's universities work together, they can produce amazing results.
The apartheid government built universities for black students far from major cities or safe routes.
The system of apartheid is long gone. But its legacy of poor funding for historically black universities - and of planning that banished black universities to cities' margins - remains.
“Black hair” has sparked a new racism row at a top South African school.
Schools need to adapt and evolve in changing circumstances and conditions as their students' demographic composition shifts.
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Teachers in South Africa need far more high quality professional development, policy direction and support to take social cohesion from concept to classroom
Decolonising the curriculum is far more nuanced than replacing theorists and authors. Universities first need to define how they approach the development and dissemination of curricula.
South Africans’ right to vote was hard fought and hard won.
South Africa's university students have shown that they can have an impact on the political landscape. That's why it's so important that they exercise their right to vote.
In South Africa there's a value judgment attached to students who take part in universities’ English for Academic Purposes programmes. This shouldn't be the case.
A traditional rainmaker in Kenya. How can indigenous knowledge become part of university curricula?
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Decolonisation of the curriculum doesn't have to mean the destruction of Western knowledge, but it's decentring. Such knowledge should become one way of knowing rather than the only way.
Johannesburg Civic Centre.
'Up Up: Stories of Johannesburg’s Highrises'
Taking stock of modernist buildings and their potential for reuse is a necessary public project in Johannesburg. A new book that tells the stories of reuse in this African metropolis can help do that.
There is a growing authoritarian impulse in South Africa, including among some student activists.
Sections of South Africa's student movements regard transformation as a complete failure. Responding to this perceived failure, some have adopted an anti-democratic stance.
South Africa needs to build a mental infrastructure that will allow people to individually and collectively engage in a bold, courageous and trutfhul dialogue.
Women students have been at the forefront of South African university protests.
Women students have not been afraid to embrace the label of feminist, leading a wave of university protests in South Africa during 2015 and 2016.
Students cheer as a statue of Cecil John Rhodes is removed from the University of Cape Town in April 2015.
There is a risk that because of fatigue, frustration and silencing the important moment created by South Africa's student movements will pass by with no proper, long-term structural change.
Students have been agitating for an end to public university fees in South Africa.
Free public higher education is possible and necessary. It's also realistic, if it's based on thorough research, consultation and students giving back through community service after graduation.
Transforming the curriculum isn’t as simple as replacing some books with others.
Curriculum transformation has to happen. But it has to go further than simply borrowing ideas and concepts.
South Africa’s land reform has been captured by elites and its strategic thrust remains unclear.
Land issues are increasingly at the centre of politics in South Africa, but the debate needs fresh ideas.