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Title:The traditional informal system of education in precolonial Ghana
Author:Kwamena-Poh, Michael A.
Periodical:Présence africaine
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:traditional society
traditional education
Abstract:In the olden days when communities in Ghana were small and largely rural and self-sufficient, the system of education was not specialised. It was a system mainly geared to moral training. As communities grew larger, some special skills were required to fulfil the needs of society; yet the system was still informal and not literate. It was not until the last quarter of the 19th century that Ghana began to take the first steps towards a State-organised education. Before then there was an informal system of education. Sections of the article: 1. Introduction - 2. The nature and purpose of the traditional system of education (Training the good citizen; The system of training; The acquisition of general knowledge; Special skills; Professional training; Chiefs and priests) - 3. Strength and weakness in the traditional system. Notes; ref. Résumé en français p. I.