The Ten Commandments

1909

The Ten Commandments

Glasgow along with London was the main centre of the Socialist Sunday School movement which began in the 1890s. Food kitchens and educational classes were set up for children who were taught the causes and results of poverty for working people. Govanhill had its own thriving branch set up in 1909 with about 50 members at any one time, the majority girls, until it closed in 1956.

Their aim was to promote the values of co-operation and solidarity. The children had their own song book and “ten commandments”. These schools met with fierce opposition from the political and religious establishment, being seen as subversive and as indoctrinating children with blasphemous and revolutionary teachings. The schools struggled to find places to meet. Glasgow and Govanhill saw many struggles against unemployment and poverty in the 1920s and 30s

Here are some of the “commandments”:

“Love learning which is the food of the mind”

“Make every day holy by good and useful deeds and kindly actions”

“Do not speak evil of anyone; do not be revengeful but stand up for you rights, and resist oppression

  • Govanhill Socialist Sunday School

  • Govanhill Socialist Sunday School
  • Socialist Sunday School Song Book

  • Socialist Sunday School Song Book