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Education in Exile
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Education in Exile

SOMAFCO, the ANC school in Tanzania, 1978 to 1992

SeŠn Morrow , Brown Maaba, Loyiso Pulumani

 
Format240mm x 168mm
Pages232
ISBN 100-7969-2051-6
ISBN 13978-07969-2051-5
Publish Year2004
 
 
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This book re-lives the exile experience of many South Africans from 1978 to 1992 at the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO). Much is known about the youth who fled South Africa to join Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). Less is known about the many who left the country to receive education and vocational training and to be part of a unique, self-reliant community at the ANC settlements of Mazimbu and Dakawa, near Morogoro in Tanzania. This latter group of mainly young people were equally freedom fighters, dedicated to preparing themselves for service to the struggle and for reconstruction and development in a free nation.

At SOMAFCO were gathered young people and their teachers, who had been obliged to flee a country whose regime had attempted to miseducate its youth and then turned viciously on them when they resisted. In the difficult conditions of exile this remarkable school sustained and developed an education based on principles of equal opportunity, non-discrimination and the dignity and unity of mental and manual labour. SOMAFCO was a beacon of hope. South Africans from all backgrounds, and solidarity workers from many parts of the world, showed at Mazimbu and Dakawa what a new educational system might be and what new ways of thinking about teaching and learning could achieve.
Contents
List of figures and photographs
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction

1. Education and the struggle for freedom

2. Origins and early years of SOMAFCO

3. Teachers, administrators and students

4. The Charlotte Maxeke Children's Centre

5. The primary school

6. The secondary school

7. Curriculum and pedagogy at SOMAFCO

8. The social life of students

9. South Africans and Tanzanians

10. Women at SOMAFCO

11. Dakawa Development Centre

12. Funding SOMAFCO

13. The end of SOMAFCO

14. SOMAFCO in retrospect

Notes
References and sources
Index

About the Author/s
Dr Sean Morrow is a chief research specialist in the Democracy and Governance Research Programme. Before joining the HSRC, Dr Morrow was associate Professor of History at Fort hare University. He was also Director of the Govan Mbeki Research Resource Centre at Fort Hare, where he worked in the field of research capacity development. Dr Morrow, originally a high school teacher, has taught and researched in education and history departments in several Southern African Universities, and in Ireland.

Brown Maaba is Research Manager at the Steve Biko Foundation sand a research associate of the University of Fort Hare.

Loyiso Pulumani is Oral History Co-ordinator at the ANC archives unit.
Reviews

Extract from a review by Christopher Saunders (University of Cape Town) in the South African Historical Journal (Vol. 51), 2005:

"The three authors conducted interviews with former teachers and pupils at SOMAFCO and others associated with the school, and the result is this 'popular history'. Not the last word on the school, it is nevertheless a very readable and useful contribution to the still-sparse literature on the ANC's activities in the decades of exile."

Extract from a review by Jan Kees van Donge (The Hague) published in The Journal of Modern African Studies (Vol. 43 No. 3), September 2005:

"It is first and foremost a history of a thoroughly sympathetic attempt to create an alternative non-racial society in exile that is described with warts and all."

Extract from H-NET BOOK REVIEW published by H-SAfrica@h-net.msu.edu (May 2005)
Reviewed for H-SAfrica by Carol Summers, Department of History, University of Richmond:

"Education in Exile" offers a candid description of a short-lived but ambitious African National Congress (ANC) school in Tanzania. For anyone who experienced SOMAFCO as a child, student, teacher, advisor, or worker, the book is likely to be an interesting evocation of a particular moment in their lives and in the South African struggle. And this study is rich in source material, offering vignettes and perspectives drawn from individual life histories as well as internal school documentation. With names, dates, and justifications, this study may well inspire more analysis of ANC youth policy and education initiatives.

Extract from review by Kgabo Masehela in Perspectives in Education, Volume 22(4), December 2004:

"Education in Exile, the ANC School in Tanzania by Sean Morrow et al. is an ambitious work that reflects the experience of South African exiles in the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College between 1978 and 1992. The book makes use of subthemes and in a masterful narrative style indicates various vignettes in providing an overview of the liberation struggle. It is therefore an interesting book especially for those persons unfamiliar with life in exile."

Click on the links below to see more reviews:

Dispatch Online 24 November 2004

Sunday Independent 13 September 2004

Upfront 01 June 2004

Mail & Guardian 17 May 2004

Sowetan 23 April 2004

 

 

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