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Historical school case studies

WithOla Uduku

This chapter derives from the author’s PhD research, which produced a critical history of African secondary school design in Nigeria. This chapter presents an expanded survey of school design history in Africa, focusing on primary-secondary schools specifically and the specific schools designed to support pre- through to and post-colonial education policy in Anglophone Africa.

In the chapter, a selection of school case studies is presented. These are used to provide a broad representation of the historical background and range of schools designed in Africa. A number of notable schools have been designed and built on the continent for over a century. By tracing this history, we are able to understand and follow the different eras of educational policy, the key actors and contexts in which these took place, with the backdrop provided by the form of school design provision often unique to each nation, state or region.