Education for Africans

Archive Report

Extent of Education in Tropical Africa

Urgent Educational Needs in African States

Emergence into independent statehood of a large number of former African colonies of European powers has brought into prominence a conspicuous failure of colonialism in the Dark Continent. None of the European powers with holdings in Africa put into effect a broad educational policy aimed both to give the masses the rudiments of an education and to train native leaders. The Belgians, while providing sufficient elementary education to raise the rate of literacy in the Congo to 55 per cent, almost entirely neglected higher education—at cost of the chaos and confusion that have reigned in that country since it became independent last July 1.

The transition to independence has been made more easily in former ...

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