International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

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Masters Thesis | History | Kenya | Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023


The Nature of Bukusu Traditional / Indigenous System of Education, 1850 - 1894

Rosemary Indekhwa Moyia | Alfayo Samuel Nyanchoga | Kennedy Moindi


Abstract: This paper explores the nature of the traditional education system among the Bukusu community during the period from 1850 to 1894. It delves into the social, economic, and political organization of the Bukusu society, highlighting their geographical context and gender equity. Furthermore, the paper examines the philosophical foundations of Bukusu education, focusing on indigenous beliefs, values, and worldviews that shaped the educational framework. It discusses the multifaceted purposes and goals of Bukusu education, emphasizing its role in transmitting knowledge, values, ethics, and cultural identity. The paper expounds on the significant role of spirituality and ritual in education and outlines the methods of knowledge transmission, such as oral traditions, mentorship, and initiation rituals. It provides an overview of the curriculum and subjects taught, which encompassed practical skills, vocational training, and cultural heritage preservation. Finally, the paper explores student life and experiences within Bukusu education, highlighting the holistic and experiential approach to learning.


Keywords: Bukusu, traditional education, indigenous education, cultural identity, knowledge transmission, spirituality, ritual, curriculum, mentorship, gender equity


Edition: Volume 12 Issue 9, September 2023,


Pages: 1879 - 1882


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