MA IDS Thesis Projects

Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

College

College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences

Department

International Development and Service

Degree Name

International Development and Service, MA

First Supervisor

Dr. Gerd Horten

Keywords

interculturalism, intercultural education, peace strategy, cultural otherness, tolerance

Abstract

The aim of this thesis is to assess the benefits and progress that intercultural education would create towards peace building and reconciliation if applied in school curriculums in sub-Saharan Africa. With the support of published literature and in-depth research in three countries, this research will argue for interculturalism, through international and intercultural education, as a strategy for peaceful coexistence both in stable and unstable situations. The country case studies in this partic-ular culminating project will be Kenya, Rwanda, and Nigeria. Particular emphasis and stress will be placed on the importance of intercultural education in schools and how it will help students to better understand cultural otherness and develop personal enrichment. This thesis will also high-light the role of educational opportunities in a time of globalization in molding interculturally competent leaders. A proposed application for a intercultural education curriculum guideline will be developed and applied to the Kenyan education system in the last chapter of the thesis.