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Education: Colonial and Missionary: Sub-Saharan Africa: 19th to early 20th centuries
(2,225 words)

Western education was introduced into sub-Saharan Africa as early as the 1850s through the efforts of Protestant and Roman Catholic Christian missionaries from Europe and North America, and later benefitted from colonial support. Initially, the missions worked closely with the colonial entities, until national and philosophical sensibilities set them apart. All the same, colonial authorities in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa encouraged and supported the missionaries’ educational work. These de…

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Abdulai Iddrisu, “Education: Colonial and Missionary: Sub-Saharan Africa: 19th to early 20th centuries”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 16 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_002116>
First published online: 2017



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