Education, literacy, training, and propaganda in a Ghanaian border town

Focusing on the period of the 1950s and 1960s, this paper examines education in Kete-Krachi, a sociologically as well as geographically and politically marginal small town in Ghana. In addition to government and mission education, it looks at topics such as the place of Islamic schooling, adult literacy programmes, women’s work classes, the goals of education (the dispute over whether the purpose of education should be ‘adapted’ vs. ‘academic’), the language of instruction, training for the handicapped, civic education and propaganda, in the context of internal and external forces which affected the town. The paper demonstrates that education had directly touched the lives of a large part of the population of Kete-Krachi by the 1960s. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]

Title: Education, literacy, training, and propaganda in a Ghanaian border town
Author: Barrington, Leo
Year: 2007
Periodical: Ghana Studies
Volume: 8
Pages: 3-38
Language: English
Geographic term: Ghana
Abstract: Focusing on the period of the 1950s and 1960s, this paper examines education in Kete-Krachi, a sociologically as well as geographically and politically marginal small town in Ghana. In addition to government and mission education, it looks at topics such as the place of Islamic schooling, adult literacy programmes, women’s work classes, the goals of education (the dispute over whether the purpose of education should be ‘adapted’ vs. ‘academic’), the language of instruction, training for the handicapped, civic education and propaganda, in the context of internal and external forces which affected the town. The paper demonstrates that education had directly touched the lives of a large part of the population of Kete-Krachi by the 1960s. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]