P118
Africa's changing educational landscape in a multipolar world
Convenor:
Mayke Kaag (African Studies Centre Leiden)
Location:
C3.01
Start time:
28 June, 2013 at 10:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

This panel explores how the emergence of new global players is contributing to an increased multiformity of educational opportunities for Africans and what this means in terms of social orientation in African societies

Long abstract:

The emergence of new global players is not only affecting the economic and political domain in Africa but is also influencing its educational landscape. This panel considers the ways in which the appearance of for instance Turkish private schools and madrasas, Korean educational projects, scholarships for Malaysia, China, or Brazil is contributing to an increased multiformity of educational opportunities for Africans and what this means in terms of social orientation in African societies. Acknowledging that education has been an instrument in the hands of competing powers and a battlefield where representatives of different world views have confronted each other since colonial times, the panel aims to explore continuities and changes in terms of strategies, dynamics and effects in African society in the current multipolar era.