Education in Wales 2
The idea proved hugely successful and it has been estimated that around 3,500 schools had been set up by the time of Griffith Jones' death in 1761. Again, teaching was mainly basic literacy through religious texts provided by the SPCK and charitable funds were spent on the teaching and not on buildings. Schools were run in barns and storehouses and, in one case, a windmill. By the end of the century problems with securing adequate charitable funding caused the movement to peter out, but not before an appetite for learning had been created.
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Into this vacuum the Sunday Schools came. This was an idea first tried in England and seized upon by the rapidly growing nonconformist sects in Wales. Here classes were held on the day most people were available and were open to adults and children alike.
Again, basic tuition in reading and writing was based on the scriptures. The success of the movement led to its adoption by all denominations and a publishing industry grew to satisfy its need for textsAt first the schools were held in houses and barns. Later they were often held in purpose-built Sunday School buildings alongside churches and chapels.
The Sunday Schools created a huge impetus towards universal education and gave huge support to the Welsh language, but once state education was established their role remained religious and therefore peripheral to the main thrust of education in Wales.
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