Article by Admire Huni
EDUCATION leaders in Africa have been advised to promote and preserve the continent’s values through effective use of historical literature.
This came out during the launch of the Africa Factbook Scholar’s Edition in Harare this Friday.
From African inventions, journeys, pioneers to writing systems and the story of African liberation struggles; the Africa Factbook Scholar’s Edition tells it all.
“The Factbook is what we would like to call the African bible. It is the book which seeks to tell the African story from an African point of view to fight the myths which had been created by colonialism against us,” said Institute of African Knowledge Chairperson, Professor Simbi Mubako.
Guest of honour at the event, Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa desribed the Africa Factbook as an important conduit to understanding the continent’s history.
“The Factbook is a celebration of Africa which highlights the importance of national unity and Pan-African solidarity. It is one of the most effective ways of teaching African history and African achievements told and interpreted by Africans themselves, hence demonstrating our capability to liberate ourselves. I would like to challenge the publishers of this great piece of work to ensure this publication forms part of the school curriculum not only in Zimbabwe, but Africa,” she said.
The Africa Factbook Scholar’s edition is an offshoot of the Africa Factbook Presidential Edition jointly launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in his capacity as African Union Chairperson in 2020.
It was produced by the Institute of African Knowledge (INSTAK) in partnership with the African Union Commission.