Parish schools in Livonia

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There was a certain resistance from the nobles towards the establishment of schools, but progress was being made. At first, classes took place in a room in some drying barn, but soon enough there were schools in most parishes.
Learning to read was mainly a home study subject. Schools were, at first hand, for those that could not manage to learn this skill at home. By the end of the XVII century, the literacy of Estonians was quite high. The vicar of Sangaste wrote, that shepherds followed the herd with a book in hand, and the the Estonian people were like a feed that grows good grain once you've cut down the thicket around it.

Image: illustration of an "ABC" :Published in 1694.

Source: Ain Mäesalu, Tõnis Lukas, Mati Laur, Tõnu Tannberg. Eesti ajalugu I. Avita, Tallinn 1995
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