Message from the Directors

Welcome to the website of the African Association for History Education (AHE-Afrika)!

AHE-Afrika, a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) based in the Department of Humanities Education at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, was established in 2015 as a pioneering and now growing network of scholars and practitioners which aspires to connect individuals as well as local and national associations working on History Education across and beyond Africa. Our mission is to support and contribute to research, policy and practice in the field of History Education in Africa, notably by providing a forum for knowledge-sharing, networking, cooperation and professional development for the benefit of History Education professionals across Africa and beyond.

AHE-Afrika was founded because of a need identified for such an organisation in Africa.  From a knowledge production perspective, this need became noticeable when attending History Education conferences in other parts of the world or when reading History Education book publications proclaiming to be “international” in their representation. At these conferences and in the mentioned publications, Africa was generally conspicuously absent or, at best, marginalised. AHE-Afrika, an NPO which charges no membership fees, aims to try and rectify this by bringing History Educationists from across Africa, and from other parts of the world working in and on Africa, into a pan-Africanist scholarly conversation on aspects related to History Education. One way to do this is by means of biannual conferences, workshops and seminars organised in different parts of Africa, as well as contextually relevant publications that speak to African realities. From a practical perspective, this need was evident in the large absence, or regionally disconnected existence, of platforms that would inclusively and accessibly allow the exchange of ideas and perspectives relating to every-day classroom practice and connected challenges and opportunities, and provide technical support and relevant and useful resources to history teachers working in schools across Africa. Our broad commitment is to make a contribution to an imperative transformation – and decolonisation – of scholarship, policies and practices in History Education.

We would like to thank all those who exhibited their belief in the African History Education dream by joining us and supporting us, and we warmly welcome any new member to connect with our community of practice and indeed family. 

Prof Johan Wassermann & Dr Denise Bentrovato

Published by Martina Jordaan

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