'A Beacon of Hope for the Community': the Role of Chavakali Secondary School in Late Colonial and Early Independent Kenya

'A Beacon of Hope for the Community': the Role of Chavakali Secondary School in Late Colonial and Early Independent Kenya

Author: 
Saeteurn, Muey Ching
Publisher: 
Cambridge University Press
Date published: 
2017
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Journal of African History
Source: 
The Journal of African History, Vol. 58, No. 2, July 2017, pp. 311-329
Abstract: 

Situated in the densely populated former North Nyanza District of western Kenya, Chavakali secondary school was the site where the colonial regime, the nationalist government, and international 'developmentalists' attempted to dictate the nature of education and by extension the place of the rural citizenry during the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s. This goal, however, was not easily achieved because ordinary Kenyans rejected the vocational-agricultural curriculum that school officials and development specialists championed as the ideal education program for rural communities. Chavakali students from Maragoliland, in particular, recognized the inherent contradiction of the Kenyan government's agriculture-as-development model continued from the colonial era - lack of land. Realizing how bankrupt the agrarian development model really was, they used their educational training to enter the wage labor sector on better terms than as simple laborers. Chavakali's nonsensical curriculum thus hardly produced the agrarian revolution that the state hoped would stabilize the countryside in the postcolony.

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CITATION: Saeteurn, Muey Ching. 'A Beacon of Hope for the Community': the Role of Chavakali Secondary School in Late Colonial and Early Independent Kenya . : Cambridge University Press , 2017. The Journal of African History, Vol. 58, No. 2, July 2017, pp. 311-329 - Available at: http://library.au.int/beacon-hope-community-role-chavakali-secondary-school-late-colonial-and-early-independent-kenya