Education in Kleinwalsertal
Fink and Klenze report in 1891: “ After intensive research throughout the Kleinwalsertal we can also judge the early education and there have always been excellent men that were able to write and calculate as representitives of the people. Documents from the 15th, 16th and 17th century proved this…books from the Zwerenalp dating back to 1574, from Wilden 1601, Kühgehren 1605, Mittelwestegg 1617, Hennenalpe 1622, Öde 1641, Küren 1657 and Bärgunt 1661 show us many writings…throughout all these books there were very little signs (+) but several nice handwritings and initials.”
School Education in Saifen
Up until the middle of the 18th century there was no elementary schools open in Safien. However, the Safier could already read and write in the 16th century and this can be proven by the beautiful old handwriting and protocols of the time. It may well be that wealthy families let their children be educated by the parish priest or sent them away to school but is generally assumed that the parents taught their own children to read and write.