Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has urged African leaders to decolonize the education systems in Africa in order to make education fashionable, relevant and to reflect the present needs of the African youth.
Malema was speaking at the party’s June 16 Youth Day celebrations at the University of Fort Hare of on Sunday.
Throughout his address to the packed venue, he emphasized the “decolonization” of the education system in Africa. He indicated that the present education systems across Africa which were put in place to serve the interest of colonizers do not reflect the needs of the African continent.
He also urged the youth to focus on education since that is the best option available to promote progress in the African society. “You must go to school, you must love education. Our people can no longer be led by uneducated people,” Malema said.
He urged the youth to make education fashionable and enroll to TVET colleges and universities to better their lives, adding that there were no homes for children to sit and spend their days doing nothing.
“Education can never be negotiated. It must be free, it must be compulsory. All those who qualify to go to school… you must get your seat through your matric results.”
Malema said idling youth in communities who were not in school were the ones involved in criminal activities
The struggle of the EFF is to liberate the minds of black youth like the 1976 generation that confronted the regime unarmed, inspired by the black consciousness across Africa and in all the black communities around the world, he said.
Malema said when the youth of 1976 took to the streets fighting against the Afrikaans medium decree which was issued in 1974, they knew that the “coloniser wanted to make them into the coloniser’s image”.