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A Decolonial Curriculum Is Everything: An Afrocentric Approach

A Decolonial Curriculum Is Everything: An Afrocentric Approach
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Author(s): Zingisa Nkosinkulu (University of South Africa, South Africa)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 23
Source title: Ethical Research Approaches to Indigenous Knowledge Education
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ntokozo Mthembu (University of South Africa, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1249-4.ch003


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This chapter seeks to map how indigenous people and their indigenous knowledge systems are the most researched and written about in the world, yet they are the least understood. The curriculum of the empire and its scientific explanation justified how indigenous knowledge systems should be approached and viewed as well as who has the authority to justify; hence, indigenous knowledge systems were justified as inferior and not worthy of the standard of European knowledge system. In this chapter, Frantz Fanon's thought will be deployed to illustrate how this division of knowledge justifies the perpetuating dehumanisation of indigenous people under the mask of modernisation and globalisation. By deploying decoloniality, Afrocentricity, and Fanonian thought, this chapter seeks to challenge this curriculum that is based on the history of the conquest of Africa that positioned Africa only as a cradle of slaves and the black bodied as created by God only for the benefit of the Europeans.

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