Nurturing Global Education at the High School Level: Lessons from Starehe Boys Centre and School, Kenya

By Peter Otiato Ojiambo.

Published by The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum

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There has been increased interest in global education in the last 30 years and a surge in international programs at various universities tasked with the mission of fostering the same. A critical examination of the current studies on the vitality of global education in the teaching and learning process are based on its operationalization at higher institutions of learning. There are limited studies on its significance and actualization at the high school and other lower forms of education. It is this dearth of studies at these levels that this article examines. The article looks at one high school in Kenya----Starehe Boys Centre and School (SBC) and its efforts to foster global education among its students and faculty. Precisely, it examines: the emerging literature on global education; Starehe Boys Centre and School’s efforts to offer global education to its students and faculty; the challenges that SBC has faced in its attempts to offer global education to its students and faculty; and the educational lessons that SBC model provides on how global education can be cultivated and enhanced at the high school level. The article observes that due to the rapid changing global realities, offering global education to students at all levels is paramount. It underscores that the world is becoming a global village and today’s students are expected to be global citizens who possess certain skills that can enable them function in this complex village. The study findings challenge educational institutions to ensure that they offer global education to students in various academic and co-curricular programs. For the process to succeed, the article accentuates that school leaders must: start the process early; recognize that global education matters to the success of their students in their careers and life; ensure that the process is continuous, collaborative and it is done across the curriculum. The article demonstrates that although the process of providing global education to students can be laborious and expensive, it is worthy investing in. This is evidenced in the overall holistic growth that SBC students and administrators have been able to achieve as a result of their investment and engagement in global education.

Keywords: Global Education, International Education

The International Journal of Pedagogy and Curriculum, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp.67-81. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: June 11, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 431.741KB)).

Dr. Peter Otiato Ojiambo

Assistant Professor, The Department of African and African-American Studies, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA