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'Decolonize & Focus on Heritage-Based Education:' AU Parliament Urges for Truly Africa's Education

© Photo X / @AfrikParliamentThe Pan-African Parliament (PAP) President, H.E. Chief Fortune Charumbira
The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) President, H.E. Chief Fortune Charumbira - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 25.06.2024
The Third Ordinary Session of the Sixth Pan-African Parliament is held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from June 24 to July 5. About 250 parliamentarians from various African nations will deliberate on African issues, including the state of education.
The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has called for the "decolonization" of education in African countries, urging the continent to abandon colonial education systems in favor of curricula that promote economic growth.

"Africa is indeed politically 'independent,' but I believe we still need to decolonize our education systems and focus on heritage-based education that supports the economic development of Africa," Fortune Charumbira, president of the Pan-African Parliament of the African Union, said at the PAP's meeting.

He highlighted the importance of developing curricula that are relevant, that promote sustainable development, and that foster prosperity across the continent.

"There are necessary efforts we need to carry out to make sure that they get educated, trained, and acquire skills to not only create decent living conditions and foster economic growth but to shape the future of our continent in a brand-new way. It is our common responsibility," echoed Marie-Antoinette Rose Quatre, chief executive of the AU's African Peer Review Mechanism continental secretariat.

She underscored the urgent need for quality education for Africa's burgeoning youth population, which is expected to exceed 2.3 billion by 2050.
Other key issues to be discussed during the Johannesburg session include the African Continental Free Trade Area as well as peace and security.