Maasai Youth: Careers at the Margins
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The research question was to find out the dominant reasons that cause
most Maasai youth to drop out of secondary school, and what might parents,
teachers, and education officers do to address the issue.
Maasai parents generally believe that western education can lead their
children to a better future. As a result, Maasai children have been sent to
boarding schools for a western education. However, with rising social-economic
challenges in the Maasai region the goal for a western education has been
difficult to attain. Maasai youth are dropping out of high school due to lack
financial support for school fees and learning materials.
High school dropouts miss the opportunity, not only to become warriors
herders, but also to be professionals. Maasai youth are left in the unfortunate
position of having almost no profession, neither in Maasai land nor outside
Information for this research was collected from a selected group of
Maasai high school dropouts, parents, teachers, and education officers in charge
education in Merrueshi location.
It is hoped that the findings from this research will help the Maasai youth,
parents, teachers, and education officers in Merrueshi location with their quest
ideas and alternatives for making sure that the children complete high school.
great deal of cultural sensitivity was observed throughout this research.
African Languages and Societies | Education
Hamisi, Kakuta Ole Maimai, "Maasai Youth: Careers at the Margins" (2008). Capstone Collection. 2189.