[The Southern African Freedom Through Education Foundation was established to provide scholarship assistance to South African and Namibian students …]

by Southern African Freedom Through Education Foundation
Berkeley, California, United States
Undated, April 1987?
6 pages
Type: Policy Document
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The document says the Southern African Freedom Through Education Foundation was established to provide scholarship assistance to South African and Namibian students wishing to pursue post-secondary degrees at colleges and universities in Northern California; SAFTE participants include religious, student, community, and anti-apartheid leaders, as well as university and college administrators and faculty. SAFTE has received seed funding from the University of California at Berkeley administration, and includes Dr. Allan Boesak on its Board of Trustees; the attached information outlines the rationale for establishing SAFTE, as well as its aims and objectives. The document includes Problem Statement - D R A F T which says the white minority government imposes an educational system on the majority black populations in South Africa and Namibia which--as a matter of stated policy--is designed to reinforce and perpetuate white domination by preparing black children for economically and politically subordinate positions; resistance to Bantu Education reached a major turning point in 1976 when the Soweto Student Rebellion catalyzed uprisings throughout the country; the government responded ruthlessly; so important is education to the black population, that students, teachers and parents formed the National Education Crisis Committee in 1985 in defiance of the government. It has developed--through widespread discussions--an alternative People's Curriculum for all phases of education; since 1976, large numbers of students have chosen or have been forced to flee South Africa and Namibia rather than live with the constant threat of imprisonment and harassment; most of these have wanted to continue their education while living in exile; but the reality is that a great number carry no legal documents (the government controls who gets passports) and few are likely to have secondary school transcripts; these students live in refugee camps and are often isolated from the people in the Frontline States in which they have sought refuge. The document includes S.A.F.T.E. FUND Challenges, Aims and Objectives which says having been formed in response to the Black educational crisis in Southern Africa, the central challenge facing SAFTE--as a California-based organization--is that it remain sensitive and responsive to the stated concerns and needs of the Black population in Southern Africa; SAFTE intends to work closely with U.N. agencies, private voluntary organizations, concerned governments, South African and Namibian community and student organizations, the South African and Namibian liberation movements, local colleges and universities, and committed individuals. The document discusses Steve Ganz, Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley, Emeka Ezera, Anne Poirier, apartheid, education, the Nationalist Party (National Party), Minister of Native Affairs H.F. Verwoerd, the Bantu Education Act of 1953, a black child, a white child, black demands for an equitable education system, student leaders, military forces occupying the schools, teachers, military and economic de-stabilization, and scholarships.
Collection: Miloanne Hecathorn papers