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History of Education in Africa [initiated by URMIS - Nice]
Marieke van Winden (conference organiser) (African Studies Centre Leiden)
Marie Pierre Ballarin (Paris - URMIS)
Dr Marie Pierre Ballarin - URMIS - IRD / University Côte d'Azur, France
Prof. Vijaya Teelock - University of Mauritius / Prof. Samuel Nyanchoga - The Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
A: Institutional foundations


Education in Africa is not new. Through a series of comparative case studies within the continent and the adjacent islands, this panel will draw an overview of how Education played a major role in the African societies. We will especially consider: 1. The different types of educative systems and transmission of knowledge during pre-colonial times; 2. The role of education in the development of a new colonial society; 3. The kind of social place and social mobility reached in that new context; 4. The creation of original identities due to education in these different contexts, shaped by different religions (socially and politically). We will pay close attention to the trajectories of individuals and/or groups evolving within this specific context that had a major impact on their identity, social status and standard of living.