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Title:Education - sacred and secular - in Kukuna, Sierra Leone
Author:Thayer, J. Steel
Periodical:Africana Research Bulletin
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Islamic education
Abstract:Kukuna is the capital city of the Bramaia chiefdom, a predominantly Soso chiefdom (95%) located on what is now the Sierra Leone-Guinea border. Kukuna is a Muslim town. Long before the colonial era a system of education existed in Kukuna whereby individuals were instructed in sacred texts. Its features may be inferred from elsewhere in, particularly Muslim, West Africa and also from traditional education as it exists today in Kukuna. This education is not a colonial creation among the Soso, but long antedates the coming of colonial European rule. This essay examines education in Kukuna: 1. traditional education in the form of Koranic learning; 2. English education; 3. Islamic modern education, which is the most recent form of education in Kukuna. These three coexist harmoniously, each in its own sphere, with apparently little interaction between any of them. Attempted is to show some of the changes which have swept through the educational world of Sierra Leone from the precolonial past to the colonial era to the national present. Notes.