Amersfoort Legacy - History of education in South Africa


Malay school: boys learning to read the Koran. Painting by G.F. Angas. Library of Parliament, Cape Town

The opening moment of education in South Africa coincides with the foundation of the colonial experience at the Cape in 1652. Six years after the Dutch East India Company established its colony at the Cape, the first formal school is begun in 1658. This school was founded by Commander Jan van Riebeeck for the slave children brought to the Cape in the Dutch ship, the Amersfoort, which had captured them off a Portuguese slaver.

This feature looks at the history of education, and its developments, from 1658 until present day (timeline), the key players in the history of Education, development of history education through pictures.

Last updated : 05-Jun-2012

This article was produced for South African History Online on 03-Apr-2011