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Ms Cecile Johnson

“Once we know our African history, we will know that we come from great people” said Ms Cecile Johnson, President/CEO of Cecile Johnson Empowering YOU, during the conversation circle hosted by The Academy for African Languages and Science (AALS) on 26 July 2012.

In her lecture entitled “Towards an African centered curriculum in the learning and teaching of history” she highlighted the importance of having an African centred curriculum. “As Africans, our history is very important.”  She mentioned that when we look around us we will see that our challenges revolve around the issue of identity and the lack of identity, “and this is seen in the way Africans dress up, how they behave and the way they do things; they are modelling what is not theirs,” she said.  She highlighted the fact that Africans were made to believe that the Western style is better and most Africans have become consumerist.

Responding to the paper, Prof Mammo Muchie, SARChI Chair, Institute for Economic Research on innovation Tshwane University of Technology said that Ethiopia had its own letters, numbers and many other things until there was the world war. When Ethiopia was taken over by the British in the process of rebuilding the country, one academic created a curriculum which was African centred, but the British rejected it. “When I was educated, I was not educated about Africa and I did not know Africa,” he said.

Prof Mammo Muchie

Muchi highlighted the fact that the time has come to educate the African child correctly, “We have to tell them the true African story.” He added that our qualifications should be based on our own story, “our past, our present and our future.” He highlighted that he only started learning about Africa when he was in America. “Those who came and dominated us changed everything.

Prof Samba Mboup, Manager AALS said that the conversation circle is a platform for scholars from whom we can learn interesting topics. He said that a number of scholars have been part of this conversation circle.

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