Education to Enhance Community Development
Problems to address
Education in school is not always (badly) connected to community life. Education seldom uses examples from the local community, also the experiences from the community members are seldom used in education (even looked down upon). That makes it difficult for students and community members to connect their own life to the education in school. It makes it difficult to develop the communities by using the knowledge from the education in school. The local culture/ heritage is changing fast, often without the control of the local community.
Community members have tools to choose their own way/alternative way of living and that will contribute to improved living conditions.
- Closer connection between community life and education, using the experiences and knowledge from the local community in the formal education in schools.
- Bring local communities and local education together with the outside world of universities, museums and other stakeholders to use each other’s experiences and knowledge in improving local education/ community life
- Improve education in mathematic towards more of life mathematics and in heritage/ history, using more of the local heritage/history, if possible inside the curriculum.
- Recording and preserving the disappearing cultural heritage and develop what is needed for future generations.
First Pilot Site in Kenya, Ngurunit in Marsabit and Samburu districts
Second Workshop in Ngurunit, 11 February 2012
The workshop gathered 120 persons from the community: elders, herdsmen, women groups, teachers, young people etc. Together the participants made a map of the community with important features and sites: rivers, mountains, water holes, manyattas, shops, remains of iron kilns, caves etc. For each of the sites the stories will be collected. This will be of use in the education in the local schools.
Five representatives from universities and museums in Nairobi and Kalmar, mathematicians and historians, contributed with their knowledge. The mathematicians mentioned how the everyday life in the community is connected to informal knowledge in Mathematics by the local people.
Coordinator in the project in the community is BANK, Bridging Ages Northern Kenya, under the lead of Steven Labarakwe. BANK has a plan to organize the Bridging Ages International Conference in Ngurunit 2014.
First Workshop in Ngurunit, 30 April 2011In April-May 2011 a workshop on Heritage and Mathematic Education was held in Ngurunit, Kenya by Linnaeus University and Kalmar County Museum, Sweden together with the local community and National Museums of Kenya.
Below you can see pictures from the workshops.
- Community Development among Nomads in Northern Kenya
- Time travels re-done at the kisumu railways station 45 years later
- Updated: Swedish Exhibition Agency videos from the 2014 BA conference
- Declaration from the Bridging Ages Conference in Ngurunit 2014
- Abstracts from the conference
- Conference programme
- Photos from the conference
- More photos from the conference
- Ngurunit conference, a chance of a life time.
- Conference in Ngurunit, northern Kenya 30 April 2011
- Life Mathematics
- Mathematics in the Historic Environment
- Bridging Ages Conference in Ngurunit, Kenya, 26-28 August 2014
- ”Education and Community Building”
- “Education, Heritage and Community Building” Draft program and more
- Karibu Kenya Welcome to Kenya!
- Education and Community Building Mathematics in the Historic Environment
- Mathematics and History together Time Travels at Kisumu Railway Station, Kenya
- Comments from delegates of the Bridging Ages Conference in Ngurunit 26-29 August 2014
- Comments from the Ngurunit conferenece
- Bridging Ages Western Kenya
- Time Travel event at the Maseno Maths Camp, Kenya
- Bridging Ages Kenya Launch
- South Africa
- Åland Islands