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Education: Colonial and Missionary: Sub-Saharan Africa: West Africa
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Christian missionaries introduced Western education as early as the 1850s in West Africa. Access was first made available to boys, and only later to girls when it was realized that the education of women was an obvious bridge to evangelizing the home and remolding society along Christian principles. The main mission societies were drawn from evangelical groups throughout Europe and North America and represented a range of Roman Catholic and Protestant denominations. Missionary and colonial effor…

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Iddrisu, Abdulai, “Education: Colonial and Missionary: Sub-Saharan Africa: West Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 10 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0249>
First published online: 2009

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