African Indigenous Education in Kenyan Universities

A Decolonizing and Transformational Tool

Authored by: Njoki N. Wane , Ishmael I. Munene

International Handbook of Holistic Education

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138082649
eBook ISBN: 9781315112398
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[abstract: African Indigenous Education (AIE) in Kenyan universities as a topic, let alone as a decolonizing and transformational tool, has been under-researched and severely misunderstood. The absence of Indigenous ways of knowing denies the African child’s mind essential tools for the development of thoughts, feelings, emotions, personality, and interpretation of reality. Using a historical trajectory, the chapter examines the evolution of the university mission, curricular and faculty work from the colonial epoch, the post-independence era as well as in the contemporary period to argue that university as it stands now is bereft of attributes that nurture downtime for reflection, conversation, human connection, and the general well-being of body, mind, and soul. ]

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