Teachers’ work and lives in sub-Saharan Africa

Outsider perspectives

Authored by: Ciaran Sugrue , Alicia Fentiman

Routledge International Handbook of Teacher and School Development

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  June  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415669702
eBook ISBN: 9780203815564
Adobe ISBN: 9781136715976


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Since State systems of schooling are largely products of the nineteenth century, the legacy of European colonisation on the African continent is inextricably linked with missionary schools. From a historical perspective, such imperialist-inspired ‘developments’ have been recent. For example, in his comprehensive history of modern day Tanzania, Iliffe indicates that proselytising was a more prominent feature of missionary zeal than other curricular concerns: ‘There were more Catechumens and more Confirmation candidates than could possibly be taught’, a visitor observed in 1920. (Iliffe [1979] 1994: 260).

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