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Title:The myth of early African indifference to education in Zimbabwe
Author:Foley, G.
Periodical:Zimbabwean History
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:educational history
black education
Abstract:One of the reasons why the African education system in colonial Zimbabwe was not as developed as the European system, it was argued, was that Africans were slow to respond to education. The myth is easy to explode. The demand for education began to grow very soon after the destruction of African military power by Europeans in 1896-7. By the early 1920s the demand had become extensive. Drawing mainly on records of the Catholic Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church, the author argues that the demand for education expanded steadily throughout the period under review, that people had to be enticed to school only in the very early days of the colony, that popular demand for education soon outstripped the ability of missions to provide schools and teachers, and that the varying African response to education in different parts of Zimbabwe was relating to the varying extent of the penetration of pre-colonial social formations by capitalist production relations. - Notes, tab.