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Developing AfricaConcepts and practices in twentieth-century colonialism$
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Joseph M. Hodge, Gerald Hödl, and Martina Kopf

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091803

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091803.001.0001

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Development and education in British colonial Nigeria, 1940–55

Development and education in British colonial Nigeria, 1940–55

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(p.251) Chapter Ten Development and education in British colonial Nigeria, 1940–55
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Developing Africa
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Uyilawa Usuanlele

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091803.003.0011

A major area of conflict between the colonial administration in Nigeria and colonized Africans on the one hand and missionaries on the other hand was education. Though the Christian missionaries and the administration found a common ground in the adaptation policy of 1924, it was at the expense of Africans who sought better quality education for their communities. The introduction of new development policies, starting with the 1929 Colonial Development Act and culminating with the Colonial Development and Welfare Acts of 1940 and 1945, raised expectations of a change in approach towards colonial education. This chapter examines how education was considered and viewed in debates over colonial development, the role it was expected to play and the politics of planning education in the pursuit of development in Nigeria in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Keywords:   Nigeria, Colonial administration, Colonial Development and Welfare Acts, Colonial education, Education and development

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