Kitambaa: a convivial future-oriented framework for Kinangop’s learning hub

Kuhn, C, Warui, M and Kimani, D (2024) 'Kitambaa: a convivial future-oriented framework for Kinangop’s learning hub.' Education Sciences, 14 (5). e465. ISSN 2227-7102

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The aim of this paper, and more generally, our project “Impact from the ground” (a multi-stage ongoing project), is to reimagine education so that it transcends the walls and harsh constraints of a “universal one size fits all” education. To achieve this, we propose a framework that will inform the design of a participatory approach to co-create a learning hub (an informal lifelong learning opportunity) with and within the community. To weave this framework, we explore the current landscape of education, looking at the challenges that youth from rural settings face to complete their studies in urban universities, and the difficulties they experience when looking for jobs after having done so. We briefly explain our research project and contextualize it in Kinangop, a small region in the Nyandarua County in Kenya, where we explored the enablers and constraints people face to engage in social innovation. We proceed to imagine an alternative education that is local and organic, with different principles and theories weaved into a fabric kitambaa (in Swahili) that serves as the ground for an education intervention that is meaningful, binding, and bonding for the community members. In so doing, we aim to center matters of knowledge production as multi-epistemic conversations, situating those at the margins of epistemic divisions at the center of productive and creative debates.

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Keywords: critical pedagogy, education, decoloniality, conviviality, futures literacy, capability approach, capability approach, EdTech
Divisions: School of Education
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Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2024 11:32
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