GWERU - Western knowledge is now exhausted but remains useful for academic researches, a development which requires African universities to produce new knowledge, a University of South Africa (Unisa) lecturer has said.
Delivering his address at the Joshua Nkomo Academic Lecture at Midlands State University (MSU) last week, Professor Sabelo Gatsheni Ndlovu said the problem with the university in Africa could be found in Eurocentricism as people tend to conform to the global geography of knowledge.
“We need to do away with gathering data and taking it to the Western side for processing into theories. We need to focus on producing knowledge in the circles of the living as Africans.
“Western knowledge is exhausted but still useful. Why is it that we have the highest literacy rate but we are not able to produce anything? To understand all this, we must go back to the African consciousness as quickly as possible. We have universities in Africa but are they universities of Africa. Let’s grow and link our universities in the continent, then the region and afterwards, we go to Europe,” Ndlovu, an acclaimed decolonial scholar.
Ndlovu said Africa was still concentrated on the colonised aspect of universities instead of ‘corporatized’ universities.
“More talk is focused on colonised universities and not the corporatized ones. We need to be known regional and internationally. We now have love for diplomas, degrees rather than knowledge because focus has shifted to certificates and graduating. It is only knowledge which can drive us as a nation not certificates. Shifting from education 3.0 to 5.0 is a noble move and we need to put value to it,” he said.
The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Professor Amon Murwira said the university in Africa was supposed to give solutions to the challenges in Africa.
“The legacy of Dr Nkomo can only be liberated by liberated minds. Let’s create an environment where things develop from our heritage, let’s move from the colonial approach to having the degree in the head. That is the idea,” said Murwira.