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Title:Afrikaner education under British South Africa Company rule
Author:Challiss, Bob
Periodical:Heritage of Zimbabwe (ISSN 0556-9605)
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:Calvinist churches
trading companies
primary education
History, Archaeology
British South Africa Company
Abstract:This paper examines Afrikaner education in southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) under British South Africa Company (BSA Company) rule from 1890 to 1924. During the pioneer decade, differences rather than disputes between Boers and Britons prevailed. Rhodes assured the Afrikaners that their Dutch language would be respected and he offered aid for the education of their children. For many Trekboers it sufficed that their children acquired literacy in 'die taal' and learnt enough Dutch to follow the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC) services. However, insistence under the 1903 Education Ordinance on the use of English as the sole medium of instruction in public schools departed radically from Rhodes' aim to promote Anglo-Boer cooperation. From now on, for nearly two decades, Boers and Britons in southern Rhodesia engaged in often bitter disputes over schools, in which the DRC separatist movement played an important part. Political expediency rather than genuine reconciliation prompted the achievement by 1924 of a 'modus vivendi' with regard to policy on education. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]