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Title:Bo School and Its Graduates in Sierra Leone
Author:Corby, Richard A.
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:indirect rule
traditional rulers
secondary education
Education and Oral Traditions
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/484417
Abstract:The education of youth who might later become chiefs was of prime importance for British colonial policy. In Sierra Leone Governor Sir Leslie Probyn established Bo School in 1906 for the sons and nominees of chiefs to train future chiefs to rule in harmony with British expectations. Bo School students would undertake an agricultural/vocational curriculum and live as boarders in a residential compound which was intended to insure compatibility with both British schooling requirements and indigenous culture. The graduates were to introduce their people to better agricultural methods, health improvements and other British-inspired changes but were not, as a result of their education, to aspire to leadership above the local (chiefdom) level. The author describes the history of Bo School in the context of British colonial policy, the school's organisation and the curriculum, and the jobs Bo School graduates held after leaving school. Notes.