In the last two decades, erosion in the quality and effectiveness of education systems especially in sub-Saharan Africa has been compounded by factors –such as exogenous pressures precipitated by unsystematic provision of foreign aid – fostering corrupt practices, inadequate teacher training and limited deployment of professional educators to under-served communities. Yet, quality education is needed to attain high levels of critical thinking, analytic interpretation, academic creativity, (...)
Faced with a deepening crisis in their universities, African students have demonstrated a growing activism and militancy. They have been engaged in numerous, often violent, strikes for improvements in their deteriorating living and study conditions and the introduction of a democratic culture in the universities and society as a whole, including the right to express their views, organise in student unions and participate in university management.
This book focuses on a recent violent (...)
Deux séries de manuels scolaires ont principalement programmé la répulsion de soi et l’attraction par l’autre propres aux élites d’Afrique noire : les collections des Frères missionnaires Macaire et Grill comme Mamadou et Bineta d’André Davesne seul ou avec J. Gouin. Un siècle après, pour rendre intelligible le type d’homme produit par l’Ecole étrangère en colonie, nous avons remonté l’itinéraire parcouru à travers leurs lectures par des générations d’écoliers pour savoir quelles sources avaient alimenté (...)
This book, slim as it looks, took Bernard Nsokika Fonlon the best part of five laborious years to write 1965-9 inclusive. He writes: "I was penning away as students in France were up in arms against the academic Establishment, and their fury almost toppled a powerful, prestigious, political giant like General de Gaulle. In America students, arms in hand, besieged and stormed the buildings of the University Administration, others blew up lecture halls in Canada - the student revolt, a very (...)
A Test of Anglophone Solidarity
This book richly documents the battles fought by the Anglophone community in Cameroon to safeguard the General Certificate of Education (GCE), a symbol of their cherished colonial heritage from Britain, from attempts by agents of the Ministry of National Education to subvert it. These battles opposed a mobilised and determined Anglophone civil society against numerous machinations by successive Francophone- dominated governments to destroy their much prided (...)