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Religious Fundamentalism in Kenya – A threat to human rights actualization


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Religious Fundamentalism in Kenya is so real that it threatens every positive gain in human rights. It is seen to have orchestrated gross human rights abuses and violations. Rev Michael Nzioki Kimindu an Anglican priest lost favor with the church for being a liberal.

“I accepted Gods calling to serve the Other Sheep that are not considered worthy before men’’, He said. His is a replica on how the men of the church treat each other when one appears to be of a divergent view.

Religious Fundamentalism in Kenya

Odinga at PAG conference

On Tuesday 22nd the Prime Minister while addressing the Pentecostal Assembly of God (PAG) conference and Prayer meeting at City hall said. ‘’ The Church is deeply involved in provision of services like education and healthcare. So ideally, the church and state are partners’’. He said.

‘’One of the paradoxes in Kenya is that while we remain a deeply religious Nation, our public affairs rarely reflect this deep religiosity in the country’’, Mr Odinga observed.

The Prime Minister thanked the church for the critical role it plays in development of this country, but challenged religious organizations to step up efforts to address problems facing the society.

Criminal Minds in Kenyans


Criminal Minds in Kenya indeed! Excuse me, if you imagine for one lousy second am writing about “criminal minds” the movie, you are dead wrong. I am writing about the 21st century human madness. Did you ask what this madness of Criminal Minds in Kenya is?

Occasionally I get irritated with the naivety of the innuendos of words that only seem to aggravate the already polluted environment. ‘My God you don’t have to go anywhere, just pass by the city of Nairobi and let me know of your experience’ with Criminal Minds in Kenya

The Mystery of Criminal Minds in Kenya

Criminal Minds in Kenya

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Criminal Minds in Kenya has more to do with our abilities to commit crime at every excuse irrespective of which side of the law we are standing.

You might want to put me to task because of my pronouncement, off course it’s allowed, but remember my noble intention is not to insinuate or allege anything sinister. I am only going to state some factual evidence to support my claims of Criminal Minds in Kenya.

How many of you have an opportunity to stroll in the busy streets of Nairobi? Or let me rephrase the question; which one of you by any chance doesn’t know about the city council by laws? Or have you ever been affected, perfected or infected by this ‘Kanjo’? What I am trying to find out is whether you have been either a prey or a victim.

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It’s a pity that I have to use this term; Criminal Minds in Kenya, yet we have to intensively interrogate or have a conversation with ourselves just to see the degree of our involvement.

Criminal Minds in Kenya and the madness of the ‘city Kanjo’ (city council reinforcement officers)

Last evening I was proudly having the last of my final laps before boding my favorite Nissan, in the comfort of my ability when some disturbance caught up with me. Not so fast! A sudden hilarious and thunderous noise punctuated by confused helter-skelter movements almost made me to fly with my two knees. Someone knocked me almost making me bespectacled.

An Education System, once good but with flaws now


Education System

Education System

When the 8:4:4 Education System was first introduced in Kenya it seemed to work wonders. Primary students were able to cook food, mend and repair their own clothing. They were able to knit sweaters and make dresses including petticoat. Home science was my favorite subject, I couldn’t wait to attend the next class and practice what my teacher had taught me. Truly this was an amazing country.

The 8:4:4, Education System that was loved

The initial intention of the 8:4:4, Education System was to equip the student with practical knowledge that endeared them with parents. They were taught and assessed on the basic practical fundamentals that enabled them to live in a family unit. ‘I was taught how to cook a cake and ever since, I love doing the same. I can cook for myself without strain. I was practically taught how to wash different types of fabrics and how to dry them.’

The Education System enabled those who never proceeded with their education to be self employed and reliant. Parents never had major problems with their children.

 Constant changes in the 8:4:4, Education System perfects the art of memorizing to pass

The ideal situation for any Education System is to ensure that one learns to think and acquire knowledge that will be of beneficial use to him and others, now and in the future. The current Education System is stressful to the student since it only trains them to memorize subjects in order for them to pass and advance to the next level. It succeeds in putting pressure on the students.

Most students, who advance to Institutions of higher learning, find it very difficult to adjust to fit in the Education System of critical thinking. They are used to the system of memorizing and this increases the level of pressure. This means that pressure will continue mounting even at their work places. Could this be a possibility, why young people today find it difficult staying in one job for long?

Critical thinking is a very vital tool for any current and future engagements and endeavors. We can not have a qualified Medical doctor or Engineer who can not apply critical thinking in their work spaces. It would be disastrous if they’d apply only memory in areas that have conflicting or similar presentations and require diagnosis that involves critical thinking.

8:4:4, Education System has undergone several changes, sometimes removal of necessary or important subjects and heaping or overburdening students with subjects least useful in their future assignments.

Should we embrace an Education System that encourages talent development?

Most youngsters grow up to their mid twenties before they discover that they are talented in a particular field. It has been very challenging for Parents who push their children to acquire specific knowledge in order for them to be in certain preferential professions. These kids sometimes end up becoming rebellious and opt to choose another field of their interest even after completion of the initial course.

The 8-4-4 Education System has been with us since 1985, those who underwent through the system are now parents who are ill equipped to handle their children. Situations where a parent advocates for a particular area of specialization and a child another are very common resulting to un necessary conflicts.

Our Education System does not nature talents, talents that are viewed unfavorably are discouraged by parents, and the children have no place to turn to for redress if one finds himself in this kind of situation.

An Education System that would encourage students to identify particular areas of interest from early age would be important in child development. An Education System that includes and emphasizes on extra curricula activities is needful.

All concerned parties i.e. parents, the Education Ministry and other interested parties should urgently and seriously come together and draft an Education System that fulfills the dreams of Vision 2030, otherwise it will be an exercise in futility to have a vision and the ones expected to fulfill it do not know what to do. Most are frustrated from looking for the exclusive job opportunity and they are not equipped to start a business of their own. Seriously something should urgently be done on our Education System

 

An Education System, once good but with flaws now

When the 8:4:4 Education System was first introduced in Kenya it seemed to work wonders. Primary students were able to cook food, mend and repair their own clothing. They were able to knit sweaters and make dresses including petticoat. Home science was my favorite subject, I couldn’t wait to attend the next class and practice what my teacher had taught me.

The 8:4:4, Education System that was loved

The initial intention of the 8:4:4, Education System was to equip the student with practical knowledge that endeared them with parents. They were taught and assessed on the basic practical fundamentals that enabled them to live in a family unit. ‘I was taught how to cook a cake and ever since, I love doing the same. I can cook for myself without strain. I was practically taught how to wash different types of fabrics and how to dry them.’

The Education System enabled those who never proceeded with their education to be self employed and reliant. Parents never had major problems with their children.

 Constant changes in the 8:4:4, Education System perfects the art of memorizing to pass

The ideal situation for any Education System is to ensure that one learns to think and acquire knowledge that will be of beneficial use to him and others, now and in the future. The current Education System is stressful to the student since it only trains them to memorize subjects in order for them to pass and advance to the next level. It succeeds in putting pressure on the students.

Most students, who advance to Institutions of higher learning, find it very difficult to adjust to fit in the Education System of critical thinking. They are used to the system of memorizing and this increases the level of pressure. This means that pressure will continue mounting even at their work places. Could this be a possibility, why young people today find it difficult staying in one job for long?

Critical thinking is a very vital tool for any current and future engagements and endeavors. We can not have a qualified Medical doctor or Engineer who can not apply critical thinking in their work spaces. It would be disastrous if they’d apply only memory in areas that have conflicting or similar presentations and require diagnosis that involves critical thinking.

8:4:4, Education System has undergone several changes, sometimes removal of necessary or important subjects and heaping or overburdening students with subjects least useful in their future assignments.

Should we embrace an Education System that encourages talent development?

Most youngsters grow up to their mid twenties before they discover that they are talented in a particular field. It has been very challenging for Parents who push their children to acquire specific knowledge in order for them to be in certain preferential professions. These kids sometimes end up becoming rebellious and opt to choose another field of their interest even after completion of the initial course.

The 8-4-4 Education System has been with us since 1985, those who underwent through the system are now parents who are ill equipped to handle their children. Situations where a parent advocates for a particular area of specialization and a child another are very common resulting to un necessary conflicts.

Our Education System does not nature talents, talents that are viewed unfavorably are discouraged by parents, and the children have no place to turn to for redress if one finds himself in this kind of situation.

An Education System that would encourage students to identify particular areas of interest from early age would be important in child development. An Education System that includes and emphasizes on extra curricula activities is needful.

All concerned parties i.e. parents, the Education Ministry and other interested parties should urgently and seriously come together and draft an Education System that fulfills the dreams of Vision 2030, otherwise it will be an exercise in futility to have a vision and the ones expected to fulfill it do not know what to do. Most are frustrated from looking for the exclusive job opportunity and they are not equipped to start a business of their own. Seriously something should urgently be done on our Education System

Sexuality and Gender Identity in the Kenyan Cyberspace

Kenyan Cyberspace

The Kenyan Cyberspace has today become the second line of self orientation, identity and discovery. It is true that a good percentage of under 25yrs are active in Face Book and other Social Media sites, this sites help or confuse this youths get answers to life most difficult questions.

“Are you ‘straight’ or ‘gay’ or ‘lessie’ or are you ‘bi-sexual’?  Can we hook up? Aren’t these leading or misleading insights that are opening up a chapter for discussion on difficult subjects like Sexuality? This is all happening on the Kenyan CyberspaceKenyan Cyberspace has secretly but authoritatively opened up an exciting informal and formal argumentative and also informative episode bringing into the fore an aura of hope and despair in equal proportions.