Traditional vs. modernity : an exploratory study of the Impact of the colonial education system among Maasai children in Laiboni village, Tanzania
Thesis DisciplineHuman Services
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
This research explored the impact of the colonial education system among the Maasai children in Laiboni Village near Arusha Region, located in the Northern Zone of Tanzania. Over the colonial period in Tanzania, missionaries started a large number of formal schools, teaching Maasai children a Western curriculum including English and Maths subjects, instead of the traditional learning of how to hunt or take care of cattle. This has been known as the “Western culture invasion”, which led to the loss of Maasai’s native culture, and affected their way of life and sense of value. This thesis will examine how the Western education system has impacted on the local Maasai’s social values. In particular, the thesis will investigate how the older generation recognise the impact of Western schooling on their children, including the loss of their culture, and sense of belonging. The thesis is an exploratory study based in Laiboni Village in Tanzania.