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Title:Jesuit Mission School: Ally of Zambian Nationalism?
Author:Carmody, Brendan P.
Year:1992
Periodical:Zambia Journal of History
Issue:5
Pages:37-56
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zambia
Central Africa
Subjects:gender relations
Christian education
nationalism
Religion and Witchcraft
Education and Oral Traditions
History and Exploration
education
schools
Jesuit Mission School (Zambia)
Abstract:From the inception of the Jesuit mission at Chikuni (Northern Rhodesia) in 1905, education was a central objective. In August 1949, Canisius College was opened as a grant-aided secondary school, at a time when such facilities were severely restricted. It became the first denominational boys' secondary school in Zambia and quickly assumed a Jesuit ethos. In an effort to produce national leaders, Chikuni concentrated on the main Jesuit ideals to foster a ruling elite: discipline, academic excellence and character formation. Jesuits' consciousness of the political import of such an endeavour, especially the prospect of national independence, varied considerably with individuals and over time. As far as the general student perception went, the Jesuits' attitude to Zambian independence appeared ambivalent. While the main nationalist awareness came from the power of events rather than from the education offered at places like Canisius, provision of secondary schooling in this colonial context enhanced the nationalist cause in that it familiarized the new generation of African leaders with the white man's method, provided transtribal camaraderie and, in the case of Canisius, some open support for the cause. The article is based primarily on interviews conducted in 1983 with some thirty past Canisians and twenty Jesuits who had worked in Canisius during the period under discussion. Ref.
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