The Segregation Of South Afric An Outcome Of Colonialism, Segregation And Apartheid

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The existing pattern of manipulated schooling in South Africa can be considered an outcome of colonialism, segregation and apartheid. In the early 1800s, the arrival of the British introduced the first system of education in Africa. The indigenous people of Africa were exposed to schooling under the provision of British missionaries. At this time, education was a means of spreading the British language, imposing their religion and just a general mechanism for social control. Their strategy was to ‘civilize’ the black Africans and ‘anglicize’ the white Afrikaners. And most of the school establishments were mixed, serving whites coloreds and Africans. However, the Afrikaners resisted European control in attempt to avoid becoming the lower class and giving up their country to the new settlers. The political and economic configuration of South Africa transformed significantly when diamonds were discovered in Kimberley in 1867, and moreover in 1886 with the discovery of gold on the Witwaterstrand. Competition for such materials led South Africa from a rural agricultural society to an urban and industrialized one. At this point, political and economic control was up for grabs and ethnic tensions rose to gain this power. Afrikaners had success in defying the British plan and managed to maintain their culture and preserve their mother tongue. Both white groups recognized the potential to protect the poor whites from dipping down too far in the food chain by abusing the poorer…

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