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Education in Nervous Conditions.

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Education in Nervous Conditions. Education is often regarded as beneficial for people and necessary for advancement where people willingly accept to get educated. However in the case of Africa, education was forced on the population, especially western education. Although the Africans had an established medium of education, western education came to replace it and this education under the fa´┐Żade of benefiting the society was there to exploit the people. Western education destroyed the people's culture exploiting their intellect and their labor. The African's medium of education was there to inculcate the values and culture of the tribes and this way of educating people was seen as inferior and the Europeans believed in an eradication of that type of education: "The traditional African educational systems, in their various forms, served the needs of the African people much more than the colonial educational system ever could." Colonial education brought forward by missionaries was intended to make the local people westernized and follow or corporate with the western government: "colonial African education was not based on a desire to educate the African people, but a desire to have the ability to control the African people." Students who follow colonial education are torn between the western world and their own African world and they have this feeling of not belonging to either culture. ...read more.

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They themselves feel alienated because their colonial education in a way prompted them to see the inferiority of the Shona culture. They are also respected for their education and in some cases, for example, when Maiguru is invited to assist a patriarchal council about a local dispute, thus she is given status and respect. Colonial education is portrayed as being: "both a liberating yet stifling entity in the context of nervous conditions" Tambu knows that western education will have negative repercussions on her cultural life as she sees how Nyasha is distressed at not knowing her culture and the way her brother acts as having forgotten Shona culture, even though she is aware of this she still feel s that westernization and colonial education is a must. Tambu starts to feel alienated from the Shona culture after she attends the British school, she starts to assimilate the language of the colonizer and this language in integral part of education operates: "like a sweeping industry upon the landscape, an assimilation machine which re-marks the other in terms of Western society's perceptions and her own self-perceptions". Tambu thinks that she is progressing through the assimilation of the colonial language and education but she does not seem to know that she is losing her own cultural education and her own language. ...read more.

Conclusion

In nervous conditions this fact is portrayed through characters such as Nhamo and Tambu; however Ngugi portrays males as the only one competent to fight physically and psychologically against the impact of colonial education and that women react in very different ways to this impact. Tistsi Dangarembga's Nervous conditions, shows that this is not the case when' the female protagonist uses colonial education to escape from her subordinate state and to achieve her personal goals." However we are also that education doubly alienates women where for example Maiguru who despite the fact she has an advance education is always answerable to Babamukuru and even when she walks out of home she goes to her brother which is another patriarchy, she is rendered homeless. Nyasha also knows that she has become an educated woman with limited choices for expansion and her liberal British education in the end makes her mentally tired. British education for Tambu is a necessity and being able to speak to be educated in English: "constitutes the utterance of intelligence -- both within and outside of the colonized country". Tambu lives experiences with language and education that are bittersweet, and her story in some ways reflects the personal history of Titsi Dangarembga's . . 1 ...read more.

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