History of Western Education Essay

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HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF WESTERN EDUCATION
AMONG THE IGBOMINA PEOPLE OF KWARA STATE
By
DR J. T. DOSUNMU
Abstract
This study examines the introduction of Western Education into Igbomina area of
Kwara State of Nigeria by the Christian Missions. The administration and management of the various schools introduced by the missions were jointly administered by the colonial administrators and the missions. After the initial resistance to education, the exposure of the people to 'southern' influence soon made them realise what they have to gain from western education. It was for this reason that education became the "main industry" of the area. By far the most important agent of western education in the area was the S.I.M. (ECWA), which
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Significantly, the perpetuation of education and culture depends solely upon successful transmitting to the younger generation of accumulated knowledge. Education is cultural inheritance; without it, civilization may collapse in a few decade of its existence. Thus, educational objectives in any society concerns itself to a great extent with the pace of the learner, the requirement of the society, and the nature of the subject matters.2 The Igbomina people are
Yorubas. Sharing a common cultural identity and experience with other Yoruba sub-group. They occupy a geographical area east of Ilorin with a population of roughly half a million inhabitants.
They are primarily agriculturists and they enjoyed a settled isolated community life. They have a great regard for education generally regarded as the corner-stone, since there is hardly any aspect of life that is not influenced by it.
Education, whether traditional or formal has its related objectives. The prime purpose of education in any society is the fullest development of individual human personality and intellect, liberated to understand basic wants. In an emerging society such as Igbomina, education is expected to prepare people for life. This means that an educated person ought to be concerned with the political, cultural and material progress of all the people. They should look forward to a

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