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Title:A philosophical reflection on promoting national unity as an aim of education in Kenya
Author:Mburu, J.N.
Periodical:Kenya Journal of Education
Geographic term:Kenya
educational policy
Abstract:One of the aims of education in Kenya is to promote national unity. Educational policy documents give varying but ultimately complementary bases to this aim. Thus the 'Kenya Education Commission Report' (1964), better known as the Ominde Report, gives a psychological basis and recommends recalling the sentiments of communal suffering, humiliation and exploitation experienced under colonial domination as the best way of uniting the people. The 'Report of the National Committee on Educational Objectives and Policies' (1976), better known as the Gacathi Report, gives a cultural basis and suggests that the best way of uniting the people is by integrating their differing value systems. A third report, the 'Report of the Presidential Working Party on the Second University' (1981), or the Mackay Report, gives an economic basis, recommends rural development as the best way of uniting the people and suggests the need to establish a university responsive to and in the service of society. The element of experience, a disposition to think, feel, and behave positively towards the nation, relates, coordinates, and unites these three bases of nationhood. Note, ref.