The Role and Impact of Indigenous Education on the people of Yoruba Land Prior to 1903 A.D

Mrs Oyewale, G.M


Pre-colonial education was one of the priorities of the pre-colonial Nigerian society. This article explores the characteristics, goals, modes of transmission, teaching and learning strategies of indigenous African education. It was meant for moral inculcation, in which the pursuit of excellence and quality has always been an important tool of educating people in the pre-colonial period. Informal and vocational training constitute the core of indigenous Education in Africa to make people of the indigenous age be able to form or influence a decision, differentiate the good and the bad as well as to guide members of the society to conform to societal values, norms and customs. The article suggests the adoption of some of the elements of this system into modern-day educational practice as a strategy for improving the quality of modern education. The study therefore, shows that prior to the year 1903, indigenous education has always been the means of educating people on how to behave in society.


Education, Indigenous, Africa, Pre-colonial Training

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