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Practical Politics

The politics of 21st century Pan African education

David L. Horne, PH.D. | 7/13/2017, midnight

Ahmed Sekou Toure, former president of Guinea, has said, “… in the fields of history, geography, political economy, in a word everything that is not purely scientific and universal, the educational raw materials should only be drawn from Africa.” And former Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia has said, “As … the purpose of European education is to Europeanize … so the purpose of Pan African education be to Pan Africanize. The process of Pan Africanizing African people must involve the establishment of specific, Pan African institutions to accomplish that feat. It would involve changes in curricula, curricular content, staffing patterns, student bodies, publications, school personnel, administration of schools, examination systems, and the establishment of integrative mechanisms, strategies and procedures that are conducive to school and larger social integration.”

Essentially, Pan African education aims at the integration of the masses of Africans including those in the Diaspora. Those in the Diaspora need not be physically integrated into Africa, but they must be mentally integrated into the plan for Pan African education. Lastly, “A country is as good as its people, and the people are as good as their education.”

Professor David L. Horne is founder and executive director of PAPPEI, the Pan African Public Policy and Ethical Institute, which is a new 501(c)(3) pending community-based organization or non-governmental organization (NGO). It is the stepparent organization for the California Black Think Tank which still operates and which meets every fourth Friday.

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