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Title:Catholic teachers' colleges in Zambia: 1926-1996
Author:Carmody, BrendanISNI
Periodical:The Journal of Humanities (Lusaka) (ISSN 1027-7455)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zambia
Central Africa
Subjects:teacher education
Christian education
Catholic Church
Colleges of education
Teachers--Training of
Abstract:In retracing the history of Catholic teachers' colleges in Zambia from 1926 to 1996, the author reflects on how these colleges have adapted to the changing educational needs of Zambian society while at the same time contributing a definite religious ethos. In much of the colonial period, colleges were regional, small, and denomination and gender specific. They served essentially to promote Catholic teachers for Catholic primary schools. In the final years of the colonial administration, and in the postindependence period, the Catholic Church participated in the ideal of territorial, interdenominational, and gender-mixed institutions in response to successive governments' demands. The two large Catholic colleges, Mongu Teachers' College in Western Province, and Charles Lwanga in Southern Province, strive to maintain a satisfactory balance that does justice to their specifically Catholic agenda while not being unfaithful to both their more ecumenical Christian mission and the State's need for competent teachers. Notes, ref.