African Women, Cultural Knowledge and Environmental Education with a Focus on Kenya’s Indigenous Women

Njoki Wane, Deborah J. Chandler


The article examines African women’s cultural knowledge of environmental education within a specific case study in rural Kenya. The paper indicates that rural women are connected to the land and the environment. The women have a vast knowledge of the environment, which we argue could be incorporated in our teaching to contribute to environmental education. The showns that some Embu women are in tune with their surroundings. The cosmology or belief system of the ancient people of Africa has a relevance to how many African communities, and especially Embu rural women understand and conceptualize ecosystems, environmental change and conservation today. We situate our arguments within ecofeminism theoretical framework.

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