Gombe has been a citadel of learning from early times. It is among the early recipients of Islamic culture and teachings, in the wake of the Islamic jihad of the 1800’s. It has by no small means played a key role in the propagation of the teachings and practice of Islam. That early status has played out in the town’s subsequent emergence as a key resource centre for Islamic Teaching and scholarship.
A little afterwards, missionary activities took a stronghold in the predominantly Christian areas, South East of Gombe. In those areas, the teaching of Christianity was also to be well integrated alongside western education.