MoE asked to embed cultural studies in the school curriculum

Former Nyamira County Woman Representative Alice Chae.

Former Nyamira County Woman Representative Alice Chae has asked the Ministry of Education (MoE) to introduce cultural studies in the school curriculum as a compulsory subject.

She said this should start right from pre-primary school as a way of shaping the worldview of children and people’s individual development.

“We are in a world where people live in fear of the unknown and will be solved if our children embraced cultural education in their formative ages to enable them discover ways of learning and communicating as they respect themselves and others,” she said.

She said cultural education in schools will reinforce the historical awareness of children as they grow because it will contribute to the understanding of individual identities and encourage creative, inquisitive attitudes that can benefit them throughout their lives.

Addressing members of the Mwanyagetinge Heritage Council at a hotel in Kisii during the launch of the organization, she lauded the group for preserving the community’s culture for posterity.

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In the meeting that was attended by representatives from all the 65 Wards in both Kisii and Nyamira, the chairman of the organization Itina Otiso highlighted the three pillars on which the organization anchors as heritage preservation, economic growth and administrative trends.

Dr George Tinga of Kisii University who was flanked Joshua Araka, an author of many books based on socio-economic dynamics, termed the meeting a great community blessing whose time has come and appealed to members to champion it.

Dr Tinga said that cultural education consists of the development of all arts, music, language, literature and world heritage.

“Cultural education will enable our children to develop some talents and introduce them to aesthetics and ethics to express their feelings and get meaning out of the world around them,” he said.

George Nyakundi, the coordinator of the organization, divulged that the cultural group was founded on heritage beliefs, and through collaboration with other partners, they have been able to soldier on.

He appealed to the community to help the organization by preaching its objectives of coexistence and visionary living as the best inheritance for the coming generations.

 By Enock Okong’o

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