oa Mosenodi - The Mochudi Homecraft Centre: training Batswana for a EuroWestern type of womanhood, 1943-1972



From the early 1940s, the Mochudi Homecraft Centre (MHC) came to symbolise an idealistic form of women' s education that had long been called for by missionaries and the colonial government, which was endorsed by Batswana dikgosi. ln its operation, the institution embodied the wishes of the Dutch Reformed Mission (DRM), the colonial government and Bakgatla leadership. For the government, an institution specialising in domestic training in an exclusively female school was a crucial aspect of the 'Jeanes' philosophy to which it and the missionary society subscribed. Hitherto, women' seducation had not been adequately provided for, in either the territory's elementary schools or in the 'industrial' course at Tiger Kloof. There was an expressed need for well-trained domestic science teachers to facilitate domestic training in schools. Although the Mochudi Homecraft Centre was built amongst the Bakgatla, its activities were more widespread, and its impact was felt throughout the territory.


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