MTN has invested $1 million USD in a project approved by UNESCO and led by the General History of Africa (GHA). This project’s goal is to rewrite African history through the eyes of Africans, without the corrupting influence of discriminatory, racist or imperialistic perspectives. The General History of Africa also strives to make the history of Africa more readily available and more widely known to the general African public. The project also emphasizes the contributions of African history in both the past, present and, in fact, in the actual origins of human history.
The project began in 1964, and in 1999 the first phase of the GHA project was completed with the help of over 350 academics and experts on African history, fine and performing arts, music, linguistics, and natural sciences. Eight volumes so far have been created with content in 12 different languages. This MNT investment focuses on the completion of the ninth volume. MTN also sees this project as working hand in hand with other projects that focus on the digitizing of African education.
The ninth volume will focus on recent scientific developments and research, as well as impactful occurrences in Africa since 1990. The volume will also take up the topic of the new challenges faced by those of African descent after the African Diaspora. The information for the ninth volume will be discussed at the fifth meeting of the International Scientific Committee of the GHA.
This investment by MTN will greatly impact the educational capabilities of those students and teachers in Africa. By turning the history of Africa back over to its people and experts, this project will help uplift the children of every African country. Projects of this nature also benefit African scientists, experts, and academics, by giving them an opportunity to work within their discipline, in their country, on work about their country. Investments to do this kind of restorative work are vital for the people, cultures and educational institutions of Africa.
MTN’s investment highlights their commitment to quality education. They released a statement regarding this project. MTN’s Chris Maroleng, the Executive for Corporate Affairs, says, “By supporting the GHA project, MTN is participating in a crucial education initiative which is aimed at re-appropriating the interpretation and writing of Africa’s history, as well as emphasizing the contribution of African cultures, past and present, to the history of humanity. MTN recognizes the pivotal role of education in building a better continent for future generations. And as a proudly African company, we are keen to support like-minded efforts.” Both the GHA and UNESCO have welcomed MTN’s support, and look forward to the relationship over the next two years of the investment.