Role of World Gospel Mission in Development of Western Education in Bomet County, Kenya: A Case of Tenwek Mission School (1935-1980)
Langat, Emmy Chepkorir
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The history of formal education in Kenya is intertwined with the history of Christian missionary work in the country. For this reason, the researcher looked at the role of the World Gospel Mission in the growth of educational opportunities in Bomet County, Missouri. The research used Tenwek Mission School as a case study from the time of the WMG's arrival until 1980, and it used a case study technique. While missionary contributions to education have been made in other regions of Kenya, particularly in the central and western parts of the country, little attention has been paid to the Rift Valley, in particular Bomet County, and in particular the contribution of the World Gospel Mission to education. Tenwek Mission Institution was chosen as the site of the investigation because it was one of the schools established by World Gospel Mission and because the school gained widespread recognition among the local population. It was the goal of this study to look into the early educational activities of the World Gospel Mission in Bomet County, with a particular focus on Tenwek Mission School, to trace the historical development of Tenwek Mission School, and to assess the impact of Tenwek Mission School on the development of the local community in Bomet County, and on the development of Kenya in general. Because the study was historical in character, it was conducted using a historical research design. The region of research and the informants were selected using a combination of purposive selection and snowball sampling. It drew on both primary and secondary sources of information, however it leaned mainly on primary sources for the majority of its findings. After being assessed qualitatively via the use of themes, the results were then interpreted in accordance with the study's goals. As one of the missionary organizations that supplied education in Bomet County, the World Gospel Mission was a significant participant in the research. Tenwek Mission School, founded by World Gospel Mission in the same year, was the first school in the area to be created by the organization. The research addressed a knowledge vacuum on the role of women in the founding and growth of Western education in Bomet County, which had previously existed. Students, instructors, policymakers, and educational planners in the ministry will all profit from the results, as will the general public. It is hoped that the results will also contribute to a better knowledge of and increased historical awareness in the subject of history of education. The research began by researching the history of World Gospel Mission back to its inception. It was founded in the United States and was formerly known as the National Holiness Movement, before being renamed the World Gospel Mission in 1971. The investigation also looks into the organization's principles, purpose, and mission, and it is apparent that the primary goal of the World Gospel Mission was to convert the Africans. This was made simple via the use of education. Schools may gather a large number of Africans together, making it easier to preach to them. Second, the research studied the historical growth of Tenwek High Institution from 1935 to 1980, highlighting the roles performed by missionaries as well as Africans in the development of the school throughout this time period. It also addressed the difficulties that the school has encountered in its progress. In addition, the research looked at the influence of the school on the surrounding community as well. According to the findings, the project had a good influence on the local community's social, economic, political, and educational lives. At the same time, the school has made significant contributions to national development via the work of several of its graduates who have assumed leadership positions. Finally, the study has provided suggestions as well as areas that need additional investigation.