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By P. Higgs

The Africanisation of schooling is a hugely topical factor. The potentials and pitfalls of Africanisation have drawn loads of serious debate, either in Africa and in another country. After the political alterations of 1994 in South Africa, there was renewed curiosity within the query of a distinctively African philosophy. This booklet presents a scientific and transparent exposition of an African voice in schooling, drawing on exceptional authors throughout Africa.

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4 In Africa south of the Sahara, only Nigeria's National University's Commission undertook an evaluation and accreditation of programmes in 1989, and in 1998 South Africa's SAUVCA initiated an experience in external evaluation which so far has included four institutions in the country, as well as the University of Namibia. ) 5 1997-2006 was declared 'Decade of Education' at the 32nd Session of the African Heads of State and Governments in Yaounde, Cameroon, in July 1996. 6 MINEDAF: Pan-African Conference of Ministers of Education.

It has considerably accelerated a process of knowledge accumulation which in fact had begun much earlier. Therefore, what is needed today in Africa is not just an additional technique intended to ease the flow of information, including scientific information, along the paths it has taken so far. What is needed is a reordering and redirecting of the current flows in such a way as to favour accumulation in the South and a responsible application by poor countries of all the knowledge and know-how now available in the world to the solution of their own problems.

See Ukoli (1985). References Dahoun, Maxime. 1998. Le Statut de la Science et de la Recherche an Benin: Contribution a une Sociologie de la Science dans les Pays en Developpement PhD dissertation, University of Bielefeld, Germany, June 1998. Hountondji, Paulin J. 1987. On the universality of science and technology. In Lutz, Burkart (ed). Technik und sozialer Wandel: Verhandlungen des 23. Deutschen Soziologentages in Hamburg 1986, 382-389. Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag. ©Juta&CoLtd 45 J Hountondji, Paulin J.

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