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Title:Indigenous Kikuyu Education
Author:McGlashan, Neil
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:child rearing
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Education and Oral Traditions
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/719766
Abstract:After an introduction into the evolution of mankind in East Africa follows a survey of Kikuyu tribal and social life in its aspects concerning the socialisation of children through their inte gration into Kikuyu culture. This African educational system differed from European practice in two respects: no subject was taught until it was needed and became relevant to the pupil's life and experience; thus education was spread through life and no sort of academic pressure was exerted upon a M'Kikuyu. Secondly the aims of education were intensely conservative. The ideal was the accurate maintenance of the status quo. The system's very success, however, has led to its passing away. In a British-ruled Colony far-reach ing changes entered all phases of Kikuyu social life and an educational system unable to change or adapt itself has been so largely displaced by formal schooling that its lingering vestiges are often an embarrassment to advanced Kikuyu people today.Table: The Kikuyu, Meru and Emby tribes: number and percentage of Kenya's population (1948census Scheme: Kikuyu personal and social life.