theory #15: Postcolonial Education Now

Updated: Jan 11


"Als gelungen kann die Darstellung und Beschreibung der Revolution in Haiti erwähnt werden. Einerseits wird hier der Widerstand aufgenommen und andererseits auch eine kurze Biografie einer namentlich genannten Schwarzen Person erzählt: Francois-Dominique Toussant wird als Widerstandskämpfer gewürdigt. Damit steht erstmals eine positiv konnotierte Schwarze Person, die aktiv handelt, im Mittelpunkt der Darstellung von kolonialer Geschichte." – Rahel El-Maawi and Mandy Abou Shoak

The past theory session we dedicated to speaking on the state of our educational system. We read the text "Einblick. Rassismus in Lehrmittel" from Rahel El-Maawi and Mandy Abou Shoak.

Since every country takes part in the construction of its own history, the historical narrative should include a critical look at the past and show the diversity of a society as well as the complex interdependencies of global contexts.

Together with history teacher Ashkira in the lead, we discussed how a stronger anchoring of the postcolonial approach in teaching could be achieved and learned that most history teachers are relatively free when it comes to their teaching, although some topics are compulsory and it heavily depends on the specific school and the personal initiative of the individual teachers.The general issue of a eurocentric view on history remains across educational institutions, as well as the belief of some, that certain (school) subjects don’t have anything to do with coloniality. We suggest that a postcolonial focus should and can go across all of the subjects.

To put on your decolonial reading list:

Kollektiv Vo Da, Interview: Rassismus in Lehrmitteln, 2021.

Mandy Abou Shoak and Rahel El-Maawi, Einblick: Rassismus in Lehrmitteln, 2020.


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