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Title:Western education in Burundi 1916-1973: the consequences of instrumentalim
Author:Greenland, Jeremy
Periodical:Les cahiers du CEDAF
Geographic term:Burundi
educational history
Abstract:By studying the evolution of western education in Burundi during forty years of Belgian rule and from independence in 1962 until 1973, the present paper explores two problems in particular: why successive reforms of the education system involving new structures and syllabuses have failed to achieve their stated objectives, and the nature of the link between formal education and ethnic tension. The introductory chapter presents a theoretical framework within which the evolution of education in Burundi can be discussed. In Belgian Africa, the process of educational development can best be seen in terms of a changing pattern of cooperation and competitions: colonial officials, missionaries, and leaders of the indigenous population were all cooperating and competing for control of what they judged to be a useful resource, education. The different ends which the various parties intended education to serve are described in detail. The final chapters discuss education since independence, the relation between education and ethnic tension, and conclude with suggestions for 'A way forward'. Bibliogr., map, notes., tab.