KIVULINI TRUST CENTRES FOR CULTURE, INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN NORTHERN KENYA

The Place for Culture Based Experiential Learning

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The mainstream education system has reduced home-based transmission of indigenous knowledge and instead promoted the process of assimilation of indigenous children into mainstream alien lifestyle.

The experiential learning of cultural practices and skills are about practical learning by young people on culture through participation and training by elders.

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The strategy applies multiple approaches that are aimed at stimulating, promoting and encouraging culture club members to acquire cultural skills and be able to participate in the cultural practices and social economic affairs of their communities.

This is a new initiative by Kivulini Trust that nurtures young people to be the future leaders and custodians of their natural and cultural heritage in order to promote adaptive socio-cultural transformation.

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Through documentation and publishing culture and indigenous knowledge, these centers aim to develop information knowledge banks from where current and future generations can retrieve their ancestral indigenous knowledge that, if necessary, will help them go back in their communities’ historical timeline and recreate their diminished or lost languages and cultural practices documented and archived in print and electronic formats.

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The initiative is driven by the following vision and outcomes:

Progressive societies that cherishes and celebrates their culture, respect their natural environment and enjoying social harmony and self-made prosperity.

Peaceful communities that value the sanctity of life and celebrate their natural resources and heritage through actions, music and documentation

Spontaneous birth of vibrant youth for culture movements where languages and   indigenous knowledge can find space to shelter, germinate and prosper.

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The Centers’ activities are developed to provide cultural education materials and teaching for children and youth in order to mold, empower and inspire them through:

Experiential learning and tracking, Culture clubs and inter-school forums, Essay and Art competitions on cultural issues, Excursions and outdoors, Documentation, Training in filming and video editing and Cultural festivals

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CONTACT US: Kivulini Trust, P.O. Box 381-00242 Kitengela, Kenya, www.kivulinitrust.org, Email: info@kivulinitrust.org

The Culture for Culture and Experiential Learning, Camp Simpirre Co-ordination Center, Gotu, P.O. Box 807-60300 Isiolo, Kenya