O level Notes : FRS - Indigenous Religion In Informal Education

In Indigenous  religion  (IR) informal education  has been the source of education  to many communities before the advent of formal education in different societies. The child in IR was taught by the elders, they also learnt through experienced and interaction with others.

INDIGENOUS RELIGION IN INFORMAL EDUCATION

In Indigenous  religion  (IR) informal education  has been the source of education  to many communities before the advent of formal education in different societies. The child in IR was taught by the elders, they also learnt through experienced and interaction with others. All these for an African child provided the skills, values, attitudes and knowledge that was important in their day to day activities.

 

The major focus of IR was how an individual survived, that is to hunt, how a female was to behave in the society among  other skills. The home in IR is where all the teachings  came from. Good acceptable living standards were instilled from a tender age. All these encourages unity among members of a community. The concept of Unhu, Ubuntu or Vumunhu are taught and elaborated in informal education.

 

Role of Indigenous religion in informal education

 

Indigenous  religion helped in informal education by teaching survival skills through experiences and the young  are taught how to adapt to the environment by finding out means of surviving  on their own. For example, a young boy is taught fishing by actually participating in fishing by the elders.

 

  • In informal education, IR encouraged children to learn what they lived. For example, a young girl was to learn motherly duties like cooking by observing as well as being taught by the mother.
  • In informal education, Indigenous religion encourages togetherness and unity among people.
  • It inculcated good morals, these include respecting the elders.
  • IR encouragedcorporation rather thancompetition. For example, children’sgameslike chamuhwande muhwande (hide and seek game) encourage teamwork and cooperation as children search for each other.
  • In IR education  was based  on  the values  that reflected the community’s  aims  and  objectives.

These values include, harmony, generosity, respect for older persons, human life, these values are inseparable.