AZASO Education towards democracy

AZASO Education towards democracy

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by Azanian Students Organisation
South Africa
Early 1980s
Type: Button
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Language: English
Black students at tertiary institutions formed the Azanian Students Organisation (AZASO) in November 1979. Students came to the inaugural conference in Pietermaritzburg from Fort Hare, Zululand, Natal, Turfloop (University of the North) and Durban-Westville universities as well as Mapumulo college. At that conference, a preamble was adopted endorsing the philosophy of Black Consciousness (BC). Following its conference, AZASO developed a working alliance between Black student organizations and the national Union of South African Students (NUSAS) in support of an Education Charter Campaign. AZASO members were never all BC, and in 1981 the organization committed itself to the Freedom Charter, cooperation with COSAS, and non-racial politics among the organized youth. The organization later became a member of the United Democratic Front. (See www.sahistory.org.za)
Collection: International Institute of Social History