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Title:Missionary schools, student uprisings in Lebowa and the Sekhukhuneland students' revolts, 1983-1986
Author:Mathabatha, SelloISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:African Studies
Volume:64
Issue:2
Period:December
Pages:263-284
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Lebowa
Subjects:Christian education
missions
student strikes
1980-1989
Religion and Witchcraft
Education and Oral Traditions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Link:http://ejournals.ebsco.com/direct.asp?ArticleID=4BCA983A526F09A6BB33
Abstract:Several scholars have researched the history of the education crisis and the development of youth political consciousness in Lebowa homeland (South Africa) in the 1980s, but missionary schools are left out of the picture. The present paper focuses on the political turmoil that affected schooling in Lebowa from the late 1970s onwards and its consequences for the missionary institutions. It argues that the changing political climate and an increase in mass schooling in Lebowa homeland from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s had negative effects on missionary institutions, especially those in the Sekhukhuneland area. Despite their being relatively well equipped and managed, missionary schools were drawn into the turmoil. The paper addresses the question of how the missionary institutions managed to retain a culture of learning and teaching at a time when educational standards plummeted significantly in most black schools in the region. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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