LETTERS: Teach us about our Africa

2016-04-07 06:00

On numerous occasions I have bumped into people who claim to have done history at school but frankly they are blank when it comes to South African history, let alone African history.

This gives rise to the question: “whose history is being taught at schools”? Dwelling on Western history: the Jewish holocaust, the Cold Wars and the French Revolution does not help us, if we do not understand our own history.

It’s really disturbing to find that South Africans know nothing about our heroes the likes of Bhambata kaMancinza, Jong’umsobomvu kaMaqoma, Robert Sobukwe, Antony Muziwakhe Lembede and many others.

People know that WWII started in 1939-45, but none know about the Battle of the Blood River (Isandlwane) in 1879 or the Imfecane Wars between Xhosas and Sotho-Tswanas.

This is overwhelming, it brings me to wonder what kind of history is being taught at our schools.

What do we hope to achieve by teaching people about Hitler instead of Cheike Anta Diop, Thomas Sankara or Patrice Lumumba?

They are Africans, and Western history has no historical significance to us in any way.

No wonder Africans have less self-confidence, they do not know the greatness behind our continent.

Peter Tosh once said: “you can’t blame it on the youth”, it should be our struggle heroes who should be advancing African studies but instead they are fighting over seats in parliament.

Senzo Digala UWC

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