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Title:Nigeria's indigenous education: the apprentice system
Author:Callaway, A.ISNI
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:on-the-job training
Abstract:The vast apprentice training system began as part of a wider education process in which the indigenous societies of Nigeria passed on their cultural heritage from one generation to the next. Gradually the sytem widened from the family to the clan, the clan to the tribe, until today in the more progressive enterprise it is not uncommon to find inter-tribal relationships. Fees were introduced and formal contracts drawn up between the apprentice (or his sponsor) and the master. The changes in the apprentice system have kept pace with the transitions in society. The indigenous apprentice system is central to any explanation of the emergence and growth of Nigeria's private entreprise economy. The nature and extent of the apprenticeship system was studied in I960 as part of the research on the problems of school leavers. A complete survey of all the indigenous craft enterprises and small industries in Ibadan - including information on apprentices - was made in July and August 1961 (checked and brought up to date in 1965).