Homegrown models critical to success


THIS week, among other issues, we talk about the need to develop local models for development – of how Western models do not serve us.
For long we have been subjected to prescriptions from elsewhere.
Time and again we have been told that for African nations to develop and thrive, they must adopt best practices and these are always from the West.
We are literally being forced to adopt ways totally alien to us.
It is time we totally destroy the age-old illusion of seeing the West as the metropolis and the rest of the world being the younger brother who must follow blindly.
We have indigenised our economy, we are working on our education system.
But to fully own these resources that must bring food to the table, we must have a clear vision of where we are going and what we need to do to get maximum value from them.
And what we need are homegrown models.
Our manoeuvres, tactics and methods must be from our script, not a Western one.
We cannot be using models of the people we defeated on the battlefield.
Half the battle will be won when we devise indigenous models to run our industry, agriculture and education sectors as one of our writers Charles T.M.J. Dube expounds every week.
Can we truly succeed by using systems and models designed by the people we defeated and are still trying to cause mayhem in our country so that once again they may have their way with us?
The Asian tigers have succeeded, with China becoming the second largest economy in the world, operating on their own terms.
We have the ideological and intellectual capacity, in full measure, to map our way to glory.
We must never forget that the enemy, whom we vanquished on the battlefield and who retreated from our farms, now engages us from some of the institutions giving us models to ‘succeed’.
Itsitsi dzei tsvimborume kubvisa mwana wemvana madziwa.
These people, from their publishing houses, research institutes and cultural centres in various parts of the world, are producing vast amounts of reading material constantly lamenting the demise of Rhodesia and the loss of ‘their’ vast tracts of land. Should we therefore take to heart their prescriptions meant to ‘uplift’ us.
I say the sooner we come up with our own models, across the board, the better for us.
Why should we fight efforts to transform our education sector, for example, when it is common knowledge that the colonial and post-colonial education system was crafted to alienate us from our cultures, our economy and our heritage.
The colonial education system was designed to serve the interests of the colonial masters, not for a short-term but for a very long time.
It has served them even as they sit in the ‘comfort’ of London, Washington and Paris.
We need to rethink and rewrite not only our curriculum but our business and social templates in our own terms so that we benefit from them as we desire.
Our empowerment can never be complete if we do not adopt and use our systems in all our endeavours.
As we have indigenised our physical space, let us also do the same in our intellectual space.
Our scholarship should create new theories and new thinking which builds upon our achievements.
Homegrown models are the sure recipe for success, look at Command Agriculture.
Need I say more!


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