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Old January 16th, 2017, 10:30 AM   #661
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Originally Posted by Yōḥānān View Post

Well there were English missionaries and in particular Methodists were promoting literacy in Africa. Don't know exactly who was providing the schooling but several African leaders had academic degrees and came to study in Portugal eventualy. Where they were helped by the underground Communist party in their subversive activities. Agostinho Neto is a good example.
And there were also a few black teachers and doctors, etc in the last decades. There was a mixed race and an assimilated intelligentsia. They were a tiny minority, though. And part of the colonial " caste system".

Yet the vast majority of the native population was not covered by these programs and most of the development in the colony was not for them but the colonists and that colonial intelligentsia.

Things improved a little when the war started but it was too late.
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