Education as Liberation: An Appraisal of Canaan Banana’s View on Education




Canaan Banana, Methodist Church, Zimbabwe, education, liberation


Canaan Sodindo Banana, a freedom fighter, statesman, academic and cleric, is arguably the most controversial clergyman from Zimbabwe. He was a polarising figure in both his personal life and academic writings. Much is known about his political legacy, but very little about his educational views. This essay appraises Banana's views on the content and purpose of education in a post-white settler society. The essay employs document analysis to review Banana’s views on education and concludes that his view was that education should liberate and empower the poor, particularly the previously disadvantaged.


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How to Cite

Kumalo, Simangaliso Raymond, and Honoured Taruona. 2024. “Education As Liberation: An Appraisal of Canaan Banana’s View on Education”. Studia Historiae Ecclesiasticae 50 (1):12 pages.



Received 2022-07-31
Accepted 2023-12-05
Published 2024-02-21