ISBN 9781942876687
Pages 152
Dimensions 229 x 152mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2020
Publisher Spears Media Press, Cameroon
Format Paperback

Basel Mission Education in Cameroon: 1886-1968

by Mathew B. Gwanfogbe

This volume examines the relationships between the German colonial administration, the Basel Mission, the British Baptist Missionary Society and other missionary societies that characterized the setting up of Basel Mission education in Cameroon against the backdrop of intense rivalry. Spanning a period of 82 years, the book meticulously documents the kick off, expansion and elaboration of the Basel Mission’s efforts to institutionalise education as well as its objectives and operational modalities. Basel Mission Education in Cameroon deepens our understanding of European imperialism and its legacy in postcolonial societies. Policy makers and educationists in Cameroon and Africa at large will find this volume very instructive as they forge educational systems that serve the needs of current and future generations of Africans.

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“Here, carefully recorded are the intricate processes of Cameroon educational history with focus on the Basel Mission and how it related with other stakeholders. No novelistic speculation, this study scientifically documents the evolution of the stakes from scratch to maturity and devolution of educational control to the Cameroonian local church and people. This received educational baton holds the key to the recent sociocultural stranglehold of imbroglios in Cameroon. It is the core educational history of a people pregnant with questions whose answers would salvage our tottering politico-social strata from perdition. Thorough, profound and scripted with graceful communicative ease, this read-or-perish information-loaded volume will satisfactorily serve educationists and students (especially African students) of all levels."

Verkijika Fanso, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Yaoundé 1

About the Author

Mathew B. Gwanfogbe

Dr. Mathew B. Gwanfogbe is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the Bamenda University of Science and Technology. He was previously the Director-delegate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS Annex), Bambili. He is a member of the Cameroon Historical Society, editor-in-chief of the Pantikar Journal of History and a member of the British History of Education Society. He is a Knight of the Cameroon Order of Merit and a long-standing member of the Bali Historical Society. Gwanfogbe holds a PhD in History from the University of London and has published widely on the history of education in Cameroon.