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Title:Self Help and Independence: The Political Implications of a Continuing Tradition in African Education in Kenya
Author:Anderson, John
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:political consciousness
secondary education
Education and Oral Traditions
Politics and Government
Religion and Witchcraft
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/720153
Abstract:In the independence struggles the gradual development of popular consciousness and party organizations able to bring mass pressure to bear on the colonial authorities played an important part. Political reaction developed efforts to gain a footing in the legislative councils, appeals against injustice in the courts etc. Throughout this development, formal education played a central role. The article traces the development of one thread of educational reaction in Africa, with a view to demonstrating its continuing political implications, not only before independence, but after as well. Successively the article examines: 1. The historical role of the independent school movement in Kenya, which is a striking example of African educational reaction, 2. The implications of the Kenya independent school tradition, 3. The harambee secondary schools developing since independence amongst the Kikuyu people and 4. The interaction of political and educational forces in Kenyan society. Notes; tables.