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This blog is about the fictional character, Jade del Cameron (www.suzannearruda.com), and the historical time period in which she lives.

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I'm the author of the Jade del Cameron historical mystery series set in 1920's Africa. Lots of action, intrigue, mystery and a dash of romance. Follow me at www.twitter.com/SuzanneArruda *The audio link (view complete profile) is an interview by Baron Ron Herron (9/17/2009, Santa Barbara {CA} News-Press Radio, KZSB, AM 1290

Monday, May 24, 2010

1921-22 – “AFRICAN GUIDEBOOKS -PART 5 – EDUCATION ”

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Inviting soldier settlers to take up land parcels for farming and luring businessmen to build in the colony would only develop Kenya Colony to a point. To make it thrive, it needed to grow from within as well and that meant taking care of families. Education was an important consideration. Oh, certainly, one could always send a son or daughter back to England to board at a school, and many did, but others opted to educate their children within the colony.

Nairobi boasted two government run schools: one for Europeans and “one for Indians.”
The Red Book for 1922 states that the Nairobi European School “is a day and boarding School for boys and girls from all parts of the Protectorate.” It listed the attendance as of “November 8th, 1921” as 28 boy boarders and 32 girl boarders with 80 boy “day scholars” and 62 girls. A 100 shilling per month fee was charged for boarders while “day scholars” were charged 10 shilling per month “in the Lower School” and 15 in the “Upper School.” School was year found with three month terms followed by a month of vacation. The upper school boasted “Forms III to VI and provides secondary education leading up to the Cambridge Junior Local and the London Matriculation Examination.”

The Indian school in Nairobi provided “education for the Urdu and Gujarati-speaking sections of the community.” This was not a boarding school and the attendance in November 1921 was 285 children. The fee was only 2, 4, 6, or 8 shillings per month “according to standard.” There were also “a number of private Indian Schools assisted by Government” including (in Nairobi) the “Arya Samaj Girls School” and separate boys’ and girls’ schools supported by the Sikh community.

Mombasa, Nakuru, and Eldorat also had Government-operated schools for Europeans.
Next week: More from the African manuals: Education for the Tribes


NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, all available in trade paperback. TREASURE OF THE GOLDEN CHEETAH is available in hardcover. THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE will be released Sept. 7, 2010. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda

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