Original Research - Special Collection: Graham Duncan Dedication

Overcoming alienation in Africanising theological education

Marilyn Naidoo
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 72, No 1 | a3062 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v72i1.3062 | © 2016 Marilyn Naidoo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 June 2015 | Published: 22 February 2016

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Marilyn Naidoo, Department of Philosophy, Systematic and Practical Theology, University of South Africa, South Africa


Africanisation refers to a renewed focus on Africa, a reclaiming of what has been taken from Africa, and forms part of a post-colonialist and an anti-racist discourse. Africanising the curriculum involves developing scholarship and research established in African intellectual traditions. The idea is that this education will produce people who are not alienated from their communities and are sensitive to the challenges facing Africa. However, the idea of Africanisation is highly contested and may evoke a false or at least a superficial sense of ‘belonging,’ further marginalisation, or it may emphasise relevance. This article discusses the possibility of Africanisation and takes further the argument of Graham Duncan of how Africans can reclaim their voices in the space of theological education. It unpacks the idea of Africanisation within higher education in general, examining the rationale behind the calls for Africanisation, followed by a discussion on the implications of Africanisation for theological education.

Keywords: Africanisation; theological education; transformation; Graham Duncan


Africanisation; theological education; transformation; Graham Duncan


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