The Role of the School in Africa in the Twenty-First Century: Coping with Forces of Change

  • Okwach Abagi


This quotation by Ocitti, a renowned African educator, articulates the challenge: to make education responsive to Africa’s development needs and priorities in the twenty-first century, school and its role must be reconceptualized and redefined by Africans—based on Africa’s environment, experiences, and needs. It is from this perspective that this chapter outlines the role of the school in this time of change, in particular in the era of AIDS, globalization, and democratization. Emphasis is placed on the forces of change that need to be dealt with in order to meet individual, societal, and national development needs. Others have contributed to this discussion: thus it is the intention of this chapter to join that discussion and to move it forward (see especially Carnoy, 1999; Castells, 1998; Cloete et al., 1997; Cohen, 1999; Kelly, 2000; Muller, Cloete and Badat, 2001; UNESCO, 2000; World Bank, 1999).


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