Story Of African Slave Trade Not Fully Told

Prof.Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang,Minister of Education (1)The Minster of Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang, has suggested that the story of African slavery be taught in all disciplines in academics.

This, she said would make the current and future generations appreciate the role their fore-fathers had played in the current freedom and independence, being enjoyed on the continent.

Speaking at panel discussion held in Accra, last week to mark the 20th anniversary celebration of the Slave Route Project, Prof. Agyeman remarked that the story and history of African slavery had not been fully told.

She said the story and history of the slave trade thought in academia was incomplete since the victims of the slavery had been omitted.

“The true history of slavery in Africa, prepares an individual’s mindset to believe that certain situations in one’s life can be halted by him or her alone, hence the need for it to be taught at the basic level of education” she said.

Prof Agyemang mentioned the legacy of resistance and triumph as a hall mark of slavery in Africa which needed to be celebrated, adding that “there are people who are actually living with the experience of slavery and their voices must be heard”.

The 20th anniversary celebration of the Slave Route Project was organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Institute of African Studies.

The programme served as a platform for discussant to dialogue on more effective ways to break the silence of slave trade and find better ways of telling the story.

The Slave Route initiative that was officially launched in 1994 in Ouidah, Benin.

It is rooted in the mandate of the Organisation which believes that ignorance or concealment of major historical events constitutes an obstacle to mutual understanding, reconciliation and cooperation among peoples.

The project seeks to break the silence surrounding the slave trade and slavery that has affected all continents and caused great upheavals that have shaped our modern societies

The project is expected to enhance the understanding of diverse histories and heritages stemming from the global slavery tragedy.

The Slave Route Project further objects to assist in providing a better understanding of the causes, forms of operation, issues and consequences of slavery in the

Ms. Mojisola Okuribido- Seriki, UNESCO’s Regional Advisor was of the view that the essence of slave Route Project, meant having a shared vision of a common heritage and acting together as one people to make history and memories for the past, and serve as a powerful; source of inspiration for future generations.

She disclosed that members of the International Scientific Committee were developing a collective volume of 22 articles entitled Slave Trades: Slavery and Abolitions: multiple perspectives.

The Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu- Adjare, who also spoke at the forum, said it was necessary to inculcate among young people a deep appreciation of the consequences of slavery.

She expressed the view that the education processes would also contribute to the redressing of the academic imbalance that exists in respect of teaching and learning of the African slavery history and process.

By Linda Aryeetey


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