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How Hospital Hill debunked mixed-race education myths

Hospital Hill School. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Hospital Hill School. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

White society in Kenya appeared to have acquired some modicum of permanence after World War 11. Kenya was perceived as the new land of opportunity by the British for investment, employment in the emerging civil service and private sector, and as a premier holiday destination.

The war years had witnessed an abating of African nationalism and the environment generally looked ripe for European settlement.

The war had also caused an increase in the number of children of mixed race, the product of liaisons between white soldiers and African women, leaving coloured children behind upon their return home after the war. Fortunately, the Roman Catholic Church came to their rescue and educated the girl children at Mary Hill School in Thika.

After the war, the number of whites had increased rapidly in towns to warrant literary and cultural pursuits to expand, and as they did, Western culture became more entrenched, much to the dismay of Africans.