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Schooled for Servitude: The Education of African Children in British Colonies, 1910–1990

Educational Research and Administration, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL 32514, USA
Educational Studies (Instructional Technology), Ohio University, Athens, GA 45701, USA
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Genealogy 2019, 3(3), 40;
Received: 7 May 2019 / Revised: 3 July 2019 / Accepted: 5 July 2019 / Published: 11 July 2019
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Our paper examines the education of African children in countries that were colonized by Britain, including Ghana, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. We show how education plays an important role in shaping and transforming cultures and societies. Although the colonies received education, schools were segregated according to race and ethnicity, and were designed to produce racially stratified societies, while loyalty and allegiance to Britain were encouraged so that all felt they belonged to the British Empire or the Commonwealth. In writing about the education of African children in British colonies, the intention is not to convey the impression that education in Africa began with the arrival of the colonizers. Africans had their own system and history of education, but this changed with the incursion by missionaries, educators as well as conquest and colonialism. View Full-Text
Keywords: colonialism; apartheid; Africa; social reproduction; racism colonialism; apartheid; Africa; social reproduction; racism
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Malisa, M.; Missedja, T.Q. Schooled for Servitude: The Education of African Children in British Colonies, 1910–1990. Genealogy 2019, 3, 40.

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