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Title:The Mill Hill Fathers and the Establishment of Western Education in Western Kenya, 1900-1924: Some Reflections
Author:Sifuna, Daniel N.
Periodical:Transafrican Journal of History
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:missionary history
educational history
Education and Oral Traditions
History and Exploration
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:This paper shows that the promotion of education was one of the important roles that was played by successful colonial African chiefs. The extent and quality of education was dependent to a considerable degree on the co-operation of chiefs with the missionaries or the government. Special attention is paid to the famous Nabongo Mumia, chief of the Wanga (a Luyia sub-tribe), and the extent to which he co-operated with the Mill Hill Fathers to promote education in his area. Although Mumia had a long tradition of welcoming and working with foreigners, he remained indifferent to the missionary and educational activities of the Mill Hill missionaries who were working in the backyard of his boma. Lacking this immediate collaboration the Mill Hill Fathers' activities were generally hampered among the Wanga. The Mill Hill Fathers' failure at Mumias (the chief's village) can partly be attributed to their narrow perception of African education. They placed higher priority on evangelical work. Their converts often resented this approach which undoubtedly contributed to the slow development of education in the area. Bibliogr., notes.