Tory, on leave as president of the University of Alberta, became president of the Khaki College in 1917. By that year, 19 centres of education had been organized in the camps and hospitals in England, with about 50 000 men taking courses - in such subjects as agriculture, business education, mechanics, teacher training, legal studies and medical instruction - through a scheme of popular lectures and the promotion of small study and reading groups. Supporting libraries were established and a uniform set of textbooks was approved by all Canadian provinces.
In 1918, the educational work of Khaki College became the educational services of Canadian forces overseas under the general staff of the Canadian Army. Khaki College claims an important place among Canadian educational institutions, and its concept became the forerunner of similar educational programs in the military forces of other countries. Apart from providing morale for demobilized personnel, the university provided many Canadians with an opportunity to continue their education.
See also ADULT EDUCATION.
Author JAMES A. DRAPER
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