by Konkankoh Joshua Ngwa
When we study the “Spirit of Ndanifor” (Rite of passage of Youth) of Bafut cultural and traditional Education, we discover that the Bafut man is still deeply rooted in his culture despite the devastating effects of globalization. The Bafut Kingdom is unique in that it accepts and welcomes other educational reforms into their own traditional education. These traditional values are passed onto our offspring by elders through a rite of passage.
It has been realized that in Bafut traditional education that children do not only learn through instructions. They learn from life experience, based on the principle that youths are not “empty vessels” but partners active in the process of learning. Looking closely to the Bafut education system we realize that everyone has a role to play to make the learning process successful.
Only when each of these groups (elites, custodians of culture, traditional rulers, women leaders and youth) play their role well, can the traditional educational system be effective. Bafut traditional education is also a reflection of African education where the learning process is easier, because it has its own methods of learning through traditional symbols and indigenous paradigms thereby qualifying and enhancing it’s value as an educational system.
Konkankoh Joshua Ngwa is the founder and director of BWC. He is from Bafut.
We wish to share traditional cultural knowledge regularly through our newsletters. ‘Spirit of Ndanifor’ is the first piece of this series.