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October 7th, 2019

B4FA Fellow Michael Ssali explains: In his essay titled ‘Education for Self-Reliance’ Mwalimu Julius Nyerere spoke of a situation where the type of education provided to Tanzanian children soon after the country’s independence was divorced from the society which it was supposed to prepare them for. 

He argued that children were taken from their parents at early age and taken to schools where they spent most of their time learning academic skills and where most teachers concentrated on preparing them for passing examinations. 

“But the school is always separate; it is not part of the society. It is a place where children go to and which they and their parents hope will make it unnecessary for them to become farmers and to continue living in the villages.” Read more …