By Alan Megahey
While Peterhouse opened in 1955, the British Empire in Africa used to be nonetheless intact and the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland - with its excessive hopes and fears - had simply come into being. It used to be a boarding university based at the British version, yet making sure that it will 'adapt all that's top within the Public institution culture to African conditions'.For 50 years, in Rhodesia after which in Zimbabwe, its governors and employees have tried to do this, and feature obvious it develop from a boys' institution of 350 to a gaggle of faculties instructing over 1000 boys and girls.But the tale of Peterhouse is not just approximately paintings and activity, tune and drama, chapel, development advancements and syllabus alterations. it really is set within the context of academic improvement and political switch in a Southern African country.This historical past of the college exhibits the way it turned a pioneering multi-racial establishment in 'white Rhodesia'; shared the sufferings of the rustic through the 'bush war'; multiplied drastically within the new Zimbabwe, survived the contradictions of a black 'Marxist' govt, and has stored its company dedication to being a 'Church School'.
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I leave it to you'. As the Chinese proverb has it: 'If you are planning for a hundred years, plant men'. The planning and the planting have followed Livingstone's Cambridge speech, and no matter what selfish motives may be imputed to those Europeans who have their roots deep in the soil and in the soul of Africa, Livingstone's challenge has been accepted. G. Paver, His Own Oppressor (London 1958) p 91 In 1950 Edward Paget celebrated the 25th anniversary of his consecration as Bishop of Southern Rhodesia.
Perhaps Hodgkinson's very enthusiasm for Gordonstoun made Snell less enamoured of it. Snell's meeting with Ellis Robins at Ruzawi in April 1952 had left another, and crucial issue unresolved. How was the new school to be governed? Was it to be a part of the Ruzawi Group? Fred did not think so, and his memorandum written soon after the meeting was typically trenchant. ' While hoping for a close relationship with the Group - perhaps in the form of a large representation on the school's Board - he was sceptical about a closer affiliation.
At the first moves by Snell to recruit local talent, he came on board, as the chairman of what at this stage was simply called 'The Committee'. Another member was Geoffrey Ellman-Brown, Southern Rhodesia's Minister of Transport, and an accountant with extensive business interests. The important link with the Ruzawi Group was represented by Laurence Smith. He was Rhodesian-born; private secretary to Godfrey Huggins before the war, he had joined up and was on Lord Mountbatten's staff. He was awarded an MBE in 1947 and in that year became the local secretary of the British South Africa Company, and was also secretary of the Ruzawi Schools Ltd.
A School in Africa: Peterhouse and Education in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe by Alan Megahey