Effects of armed ethnic conflict on education of children: a case of Nakuru county, Kenya
Wangeci, N. L.
Njoroge, M. N.
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The purpose of this study was to find out the effects of armed ethnic conflict on education of children in Nakuru County and the implication for peace education. The study objective were to find out, ways conflict affected education of children in Nakuru County. The study adopted a case study based on qualitative procedures. The population of the study was ethnic communities in Nakuru County which included children, teachers, and parents,' leaders and other stake-holders. The sample size comprised a total of 18 children, 9 Head teachers, and 18 class teachers for the study. It also comprised 18 parents and guardians for both male and female-headed households. The study also had as its sample: 9 gatekeeper's (opinion leaders), 9 administrators (Chief, DO, and AEO), and 9 religious leaders in its sample. Four instruments were used to collect data: an interview schedule, open-ended questionnaire, Focused Group Discussions and essay writing. Data was collected using open ended questionnaires, interview schedule and written essays. Coded data was analyzed using atlas soft ware. Themes emerged which were presented using simple description. With the quantitative part of the data manually coded. The study revealed; people were maimed, killed, displaced, and lost property. The study also established that, teachers fled schools, learning resources were burnt down, children dropped out of schools, there were also emotional repercussions amongst the children and this affected their education. The study therefore recommended any NGO, CBO, working in an area to train people from the various communities to pass peaceful values and enhance good relations, peace education to be integrated in the subjects within the school curriculum as remedy for conflict.