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Title:African Responses to Christian Mission Education
Author:Berman, Edward H.
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Christian education
Religion and Witchcraft
Education and Oral Traditions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/523799
Abstract:The first part of this paper examines in historical perspective African reactions to missionary education and to missionaries as people. Although considerable data detailing these reactions exists - in diaries, missionary archives, autobiographical accounts - few attempts have been made to pull together some of the more salient themes which emerge from these materials. The second part of the paper discusses the results of in-depth interviews with seven Africans who recently were involved with missionary education. The missionary tale of evangelical labors, school work, successes and failures, has been told in great detail; a rendering from the other side should suggest another dimension to the complex relationships between missionaries and Africans. Not surprisingly, the interviews reveal that the latter-day African reaction to missionary education and to missionaries differs only in degree from the reactions during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Ref., notes.