oa Botswana Notes & Records - Gender and class in the early classes and fellowship services

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



Both formal and informal forms of education of Batswana were initially and more widely accessible to members of the royalty and the nobility. Thus, class was an important variable both in terms of accessibility and participation of Batswana men and women in western education. Gender was an equally important variable in co-option into, and participation in the fellowship services and formal classes. In the entire process, gender and class interacted and criss-crossed each other in important ways. Increasingly however, christians were to become increasingly significant in terms of access and participation in missionary education, enabling members of the lower classes to participate in western education.

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