As an impact of colonialism and an indices of prevailing coloniality, the Concept of Education continues to be challenged, thus confusing colonized Africans, and disadvantaging the development and sustainability of African cultures -For many education is only the one that is administered in the Western form of schools, teaching Wesetern contents in Western approaches, which is, actually, misaligned with the reality of Africa.
Thereafter, came a conceptual differentiation between what became to be known as formal from informal education. Informal education, therefore, refers the one given to children by their parents at home, family, and the community as a whole.
It should be observed that the so called informal education, is the very one that has been sustaining people for thousands of years, fostering their harmonious and ecological interaction with their environment. It is through this form of education that the children learn relevant skills required in their daily life, e.g. boys learn to build houses, to make house utensils, to forge iron or carve wood and make the various tools, while girls learn how to look after the house, nurse the children, process crops, and both learn about the various principles, social norms, history, social relations, interaction, etc.
However, this education format is, unfortunately, downplayed, a fact which affects their identity, and results in the desintegration of the society, devoiding its members from a common cultural ground, which promotes interpersonal misunderstandings and conflicts within family and society; derpives the members from the prioritary and relevant skills that they need in their daily life, thus, relying on imported knowledge, technologies, and products.
The image below, whose subtitles provide additional testemonials, is a documentation of a so called "informal school", at the late Ernesto Mathusi's home, where after "formal" school, children learn how to build and play musical instruments and other household untensils.