Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


E. Okpilike


The main aim of the missionary education was to reach Christianity and thus convert all those who came within the four walls of the mission house. The British colonial Missions set up norms of religious education that progressively colonized the converts. Religious education primarily meant carrying out civic duties which enabled Nigerians to adopt the Western culture at the expense of their own. Prior to the coming of Western religions and education, Nigerians were very religious and also functional in their education. They acknowledged the presence of God in whatever they did. Their religion therefore cut across their entire lives in farming, fishing, dancing festivals, eating, travelling etc. Virtues such as honesty, truthfulness, love for one another, morality were highly prized. On the other hand their kind of education was not seen as the ability to read and write. It meant to prepare the individual to live a meaningful life by being useful to them and contribute effectively to the development of the entire society Fafunwa (1976) described this type of education as functional because the child develops his abilities, attitudes and other forms of behaviour which are of positive value of the society.