KENYA

Lauren Flyge, Cyndy Leonard, Mike McCabe

GEOGRAPHY
◦ Located in East Africa
◦ Twice the size of Nevada
◦ Cut by the Equator
◦ Surrounded by: Ethiopia, Tanzania, Somalia, Uganda, South Sudan
◦ East side: coastlines and swamps
◦ Central and west: Kenyan rift valley (highest mountains)
◦ Some small forests
◦ Tropical climate
◦ Arid climate

Geography

Politics
◦ Democratic republic- The Republic of Kenya
◦ Capital: Nairobi
◦ Current President: Uhuru Kenyatta
◦ Kenya won its independence from British colonial rule in 1963
◦ The country has a multi-party political system

CULTURE
◦ A melting pot of people
◦ Waves of migration have led to Kenya becoming one of the most diverse African
countries culturally and linguistically.
◦ The country has at least 40 different ethnic African groups

◦ Kenya is also home to large populations of Europeans, Arabs, Indians and Pakistanis.
◦ http://www.our-africa.org/kenya/people-culture
◦ Video of two children talking about different tribes and their own beliefs and customs.
◦ While your watching keep this question in mind:
◦ What are some differences between the African tribes mentioned?

◦ Belief systems among some remote tribes also remain indigenous.
◦ Across Kenya, a whole two-thirds of people are Christian.
◦ With the centuries-old influence of Arabic and Islamic traders and settlers around 15% of Kenyans
are Muslim.

◦ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrDFYiU9Cd8

Ethnicity/Culture

Education
Kenya has a developed education system:



8 years of primary
4 years of secondary
4 years of university education
It is undergoing slow but sure development through the effort of the government.

There are a number of schools in Kenya including international schools that incorporate:
• American
• British
• French
• German
◦ Kenyan Universities:
• seven National universities and a number of private universities
• some national polytechnics
• 17 institutes of technology
• 12 technical training institutes

Education Statistics
◦ About 85% of all Kenyan children attend free primary school
◦ 24% children attend secondary school
◦ 2% attend higher education institutions
◦ The average age of children entering primary school in Kenya is 6.
◦ Approximately 5.8% of children in primary school will have to repeat a grade.
◦ Only about 83.6% of children who enter primary school, will survive to the last grade.
◦ Adult (age 15+) literacy rate in Kenya is about 87%
◦ Youth (age 15 – 24) literacy rate in Kenya is about 92.7%

Government Influence on Education
◦ The Kenyan government made a promise to provide free primary education to its citizens.
◦ This promise did not materialize till 2003, due to the low economy and increasing population of
Kenya.
◦ The 8-4-4 system was introduced in 1985.

Activity
◦ Use the Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the culture and education of Kenya
and the United States (in general).
◦ Think about diversity/ethnicity, education programs, statistics….

Co-teaching and Learning Styles
◦ Learning Styles:
◦ Applied
◦ Spatial

◦ Co-teaching:
◦ Team teaching
◦ Parallel

Resources
◦ http://www.our-africa.org/kenya/people-culture
◦ http://unmilleniumdevelopmentgoal.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/education-statisticscanada-versus-ethiopia/
◦ http://www.mapsofworld.com/kenya/education/

◦ http://www.kenyarep-jp.com/kenya/government_e.html
◦ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Kenya
◦ http://www.shadowsofafrica.com/destinations/kenya/tribes-and-religion-of-kenya​