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Journal of Education and Development in the Caribbean

The Teaching of African History in Barbadian Schools

Publication Date: 
December 1998

This paper examines the teaching of African history in Barbadian schools with reference to an experiment in a single school in the 1970s, the current requirements of the C.X.C history syllabus, and a proposal to introduce African Studies into the curriculum. The paper affirms that any system of teaching on the themes of race, culture and identity has to comprehend the dialogue between the past and the present. It concludes that the African Studies proposal portrays continuities of the earlier efforts but offers a greater opportunity to expand knowledge of Africa. Nevertheless, it is argued that the teaching of African history should not consist simply of a glorification of the African past. 

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