Former First Lady Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings, has cautioned that whole wholesale adoption of Western education can be a tool for subjugation.
Nana Konadu said “our dilemma has been that formal western education, while containing crucial elements for keeping us in touch with rapid technological and economic developments, which control the shape of international relationships, also bears the seeds of disempowerment and dependency.”
The former First Lady who is also President of the 31st December Women's Movement, was delivering a lecture at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in the United States last Tuesday,Novemebr 19 on the theme; "Development, Politics and National Government – Impact on African Women".
She said education is the most important means of equipping individuals with the necessary nation-building knowledge and skills, hence the need for African countries to accord it priority.
The Thunderbird School of Global Management - commonly referred to as "Thunderbird" - offers graduate coursework for executives, full and part time students as well as for distance learners. It is considered the oldest graduate programme specializing in international business.
Located in Glendale, Arizona, the Thunderbird School of Global Management was founded in 1946. The school is consistently ranked as a top ten school for International Management studies.