Inanda Seminary is an Independent Christian boarding school for girls founded by American missionaries in 1869. It is an Independent School under the auspices of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (UCCSA) and a member of ISASA (Independent Schools of Southern Africa). The school which forms part of the KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Route lies 25 kilometres North West of Durban on property owned by the UCCSA. It has Section 21 status and is a registered Non-Profit Organisation. The affairs of Inanda Seminary are administered by the Board of Governors who are directors of the Section 21 Company.
For more detailed information on our history, you can read:
- "A lighthouse for African womanhood: Inanda Seminary, 1869-1945" by Heather Hughes
- The Amazing Life of Mary Kelley Edwards
- Inanda Seminary: 150 Years of a life of Struggle and Resilience: Esther Sibongile Sangweni (delivered on the occasion of the school's 150th Birthday).
- "A World of Their Own: A History of South African Women’s Education (Reconsiderations in Southern African History)" by Meghan Healy-Clancy
Read an excerpt.
- "'... it is clear something is wrong here!' Inanda Seminary's continued survival during the 1980s" by Rev Dr Scott Couper
- “A Sampling: Artefact, Document and Image” by Rev Dr Scott Couper
- “'Let’s do things on our own …': Gender and class dynamics during the quest to restore Inanda Seminary’s financial integrity, 1999-2001" by Rev Dr Scott Couper
- "The ‘Ties that Bind’: The Wider Church’s Renegotiated Relationships with Inanda Seminary from 1998-2000" by Reverend Dr Scott Everett Couper