Culture Kenya is located in East Africa and has a total area of 582, 650 square kilometers, which is twice the size of Nevada. The population of Kenya is 43,013,341 and is made up of more than 40 different ethnic groups with their own language. The national languages of Kenya are Swahili and English.
Sports The most popular sport in Kenya is soccer. Athletes from around the world look up to Kenya’s soccer legends Kipchoge Keino, Henry Rono, Paul Tergat and Catherine Ndereba, and others.
Diet Their diet includes foods that are very rich in ethnic diversity, such as ugali, rice, bread, chapatti, beef, chicken, goat, tilapia and fresh fruits and vegetables. Nyama Choma is Kenya’s national dish, it is charcoal-grilled beef or goat meat and it is very popular in restaurants and pubs.
Religion 45% Protestant 33% Roman Catholic 10% Muslim 10% Indigenous Beliefs 2% Other
History In June 1982, the National Assembly amended the Constitution, making Kenya officially a one- party state. In December 2007 Kenya held presidential, parliamentary and local government elections. In February 2008, president Kibaki and Raila Odinga signed a power-sharing agreement.
Education In the United States primary and secondary public education is an expected service of the government, and higher education is possible through financial aid by the government. But in Kenya anything past primary education becomes very expensive. This financial barrier prevents children from getting anything past a basic education. It is believed that a higher education is the best weapon against poverty. The ability to change your path in life is very difficult because children are forced to leave school and start a life of manual labor and poverty.
Culturally Competent In order for teachers to be culturally competent with Kenyans they need to know the educational background of Kenya and the financial barrier that exists there. A proposed lesson plan that I might use in second grade with someone who has just moved to the U.S. from Kenya could be beneficial for everyone in the class. I could have the child tell the class a little bit about his or her life in Kenya so that we can all learn a little bit about the culture.
Youth In Kenya boys are more valued than girls because they can carry on the family name, but girls were also needed because they could bring wealth to the family. Now young people are eloping more and marrying without consent or dowry. There is a decline in the communities’ role in disciplining and educating children, therefore adults are losing control over the young.
Family Life People from Kenya are friendly and hospitable, and they place great importance on family. Their families are often large and usually include the extended family. They honor collective responsibilities and traditional values, which include treating the elderly with respect and reverence.
Resources Kenya - Location and size, Population, Tourism, Financial services, Dependencies, Capital: Kenya Culture - Kenya's Unique Identity CIA - The World Factbook Kenya: The Big Picture on Health | The CSIS Global Health Policy Center Mountain Voices: oral testimonies from Mount Elgon, Kenya: local themes: family life Operation Alma-Ata: No Way Out: Barriers to Education in Rural Kenya