Missions, education and conversion in Colonial Africa

Meier Zu Selhausen, Felix (2019) Missions, education and conversion in Colonial Africa. In: Mitch, David and Cappelli, Gabriele (eds.) Globalization and the rise of mass education. Palgrave Studies in Economic History . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 25-59. ISBN 978-3-030-25416-2

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Abstract

This chapter traces the origins and long-term development of African mass education in colonial sub-Saharan Africa. Specifically, it addresses the unique role of Christian missions in prompting a genuine schooling revolution and explores the comparative educational expansion
across colonies and between genders. While the initial expansion of missions was motivated by a global competition for new church members, the development of African mass education essentially depended on local conditions. It highlights the importance of African agency in the process toward mass education that depended on local demand for formal education and the supply of African teachers who provided the bulk of mission schooling. The chapter also assesses potential pitfalls when those realities are not considered by studies, investigating historical missionary legacies on present-day African education and social mobility.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions
H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions > HC0800 Africa
L Education
Depositing User: Felix Meier Zu Selhausen
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 13:11
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 13:11
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88142
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