Critical decolonisation means accepting risk of error. It means considering whether indigenous knowledge systems might contain truths that western science hasn't accessed.
Phrases like “knowledge production” conceal the fact that knowledge answers to something beyond itself and beyond us. To produce knowledge is to find out about something.
It's important to shift educational discourse in and around Africa in a more equitable, representative direction.
South Africa celebrates Freedom Day this week amid growing discontent over misrule by President Zuma and the ANC. This has led to increased calls for ethical and caring leaders.
When it comes to facts versus opinions, just remember that not all facts have been true, and not all opinions should be dismissed either.
Ten questions. On your marks. Get set. Go.
It's important that South African teachers, lecturers and professors develop curricula that build on the best knowledge skills, values, beliefs and habits from around the world.
There are a few questions that can be posed and unpacked if universities are to move towards genuine decolonisation.
Knowledge is power. If you own it, you can control those without it. Since so much knowledge about Africa doesn't sit on the continent, it's apparent that Africa lacks power in this regard.
The decolonisation debate in South Africa's universities raises critical issues about the relationship between power, knowledge and learning.
The world around you might be an illusion and you're really a brain in a vat connected to a supercomputer. Sounds preposterous? But can you prove it's not true?
African Studies remains a colonised space rife with misrepresentation, homogenisation and essentialising about Africa.
Curriculum transformation has to happen. But it has to go further than simply borrowing ideas and concepts.
There are two concepts in education theory – the social construction of knowledge and the notion of self-efficacy for development –- that could help build a true democracy.
But is it a good thing?
Universities are cutting and streamlining their courses in an attempt to make graduates more employable. But lots of graduates are still struggling to find work, so why isn’t it working?
In a country as unequal as South Africa, the people who have access to higher education have the power to shape the society, including its elites and middle class.
Understanding the meaning of the word science has changed over time, but the goals to produce and share knowledge remains the same.
The more knowledge we gather in our search for answers to the unknown, the more uncertainty we uncover. But that's not a bad thing.
The future is not bleak as long as the government recognises the importance of and continues investing in science.