Influence of Culture on Education in Kenya and Tanzania

  • Wawire Namisoho Purity
Keywords: Education, education for all, culture, political ideologies, religion, language


Education serves as an important socialization agent in every society. It is also a significant tool for achieving economic and political progress. The provision of education has been a universal priority for both developed and developing nations that focus on realizing the vision of the United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development. Countries in sub-Saharan Africa have invested heavily in resources and support to help individuals access opportunities for relatively free education. Educational access in most countries in this region has greatly improved since the colonial period. Despite this progress, the education sector still faces different cultural challenges hindering the successful provision of educational services. Several studies have been conducted to examine the challenges facing the education system in the sub-Saharan region. However, limited attention has been directed towards the relationship between culture and education and how they affect each other in the contexts of the education systems of specific countries. The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of culture on education systems in Kenya and Tanzania. The study further explored the similarities and differences between the two countries. More specifically, the study focused on examining the influence of political ideologies, religion, and language on education systems. 

How to Cite
Purity, W. N. (2019). Influence of Culture on Education in Kenya and Tanzania. Journal of Comparative Studies and International Education (JCSIE), 1(1), 73-96. Retrieved from