Decolonizing the young minds with emphasis on the works of BW Vilakazi

Posted on October 26, 2018

The purpose of the visit was also to recruit good mother-tongue students. The learners who participated were mainly Grade 11 Zulu learners with their teacher Ms Londi Mahlobo. However, some learners of other African languages taught at the school (other than isiZulu) were also allowed to attend.

Prof Zondi gave a presentation in which she emphasised the importance of studying works written by ‘forgotten’ African authors who, in her talk, she referred to as “the black archives”. In this regard, a few poems by Benedict Wallet Vilakazi were read while focussing on the utility and meaning of African languages and literature in Higher Education. That the learners were inspired was no doubt as it was written all over their faces.  After the presentation, Ms Bokaba led the learners in a quick quiz around the presentation to check if the learners had been listening. They passed the test. Thereafter Ms Mncwango gave a short talk in which as a young and upcoming scholar, she encouraged students to focus on their studies while emphasizing tertiary education with emphasis on Humanities as one of the ways in which they can improve their lives as well as that of their families and society at large. Learners were given fly @UP coasters, pens and pencils as complimentary gifts from the Humanities faculty.


- Author Ms Brenda Bokaba
Published by Benjamin Tshwaane

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