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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.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court embodies values of justice and transformation. How can law schools do the same?
For law faculties, the transformative vision embodied in South Africa's constitution provides a potent driver for change. So what does a transformed law faculty look like?
Supporters of the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party.
South African labour unions have shown themselves to be effective in translating the prescripts of the law into benefits for their members. This is particularly true in the public sector.
Crowds cheer as Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe arrives to address the country’s Independence Day celebrations in Harare.
Namibia's new elite has used "affirmative action" for self-enrichment, while the majority of the population remains excluded from its the wealth. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's socio-economic woes continue.
Universities can be alienating spaces, particularly for students from poorer backgrounds.
Students from poorer backgrounds feel anxious, ashamed and stressed in the middle-class environment of a university.
A victim of hungry lions. And post-apartheid cultural tensions.
Lions and leopards seem to prefer cattle belonging to farmers who treat their workers badly. Don't blame the animals – this is a human problem.
The US and Cuban flags with Havana’s National Capitol Building in the background.
Cuba's National Capitol Building has been reclaimed as the seat of the National Assembly 54 years after it was abandoned by the new revolutionary government. There are lessons in this for others.
Nearly 20 million South Africans live in rural areas. Why are the country’s universities so dismissive of rurality?
South Africa's educational policies and curricula tend to be biased against rural lifestyles - even though nearly 20 million people live in the country's rural areas.