Chapter 9The Rise of Education in Africa

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Johan Fourie


Education is the key to greater prosperity. This chapter investigates the importance of education in allowing workers to become more specialised, which in turn increases our ability to produce more and better things and raise our incomes. We review why African societies have traditionally been slow to adopt formal education, the role religion played (and still plays) in improving religion, the impact of colonisation and independence, and conclude with a discussion of the future of education in Africa, noting the important role of new technologies like mobile communication.


Fourie, Johan (2013). “The Rise of Education in Africa”, In Ewout Frankema, Ellen Hillbom, Ushehwedu Kufakurinani and Felix Meier zu Selhausen (eds.), The History of African Development: An Online Textbook for a New Generation of African Students and Teachers. African Economic History Network.

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