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Title:The London Connections: A Factor in the Survival of the Kikuyu Independent Schools' Movement, 1929-1939
Author:Adebola, A.S.
Periodical:Journal of African Studies (UCLA)
Geographic terms:Kenya
Great Britain
private education
Education and Oral Traditions
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:Not satisfied with the existing colonial education program for the Africans in Kenya, a large section of the Kikuyu decided, towards the end of 1929, to start their own schools. The organizers of these schools, the Kikuyu Independent Schools' Association (KISA) and the Kikuyu Karinga Education Authority (KKEA), attempted to do away with those subjects that were taught in the other African schools in the country, but which they considered had been introduced by the government and the missions to frustrate the aspirations of Africans. It was not because the government gave the organizers of the movement a free hand to carry on their activities that the movement continued to thrive beyond the Second World War. The most important factor was the sympathy which the movement enjoyed in certain influential quarters in London, the Colonial Office and the House of Commons. Both succeeded in prevailing on the administration not to go ahead with those repressive measures which it had intended to take from time to time against the independent schools' movement. Note.