Proverbs as a Teaching Medium in Kenyan Competency Based Curriculum

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International Journal on Studies in English Language and Literature (IJSELL)
The Kenya Government through the Ministry of Education launched a new system of education referred to as Kenyan Competency Based Curriculum (KCBC) in 2017.The new curriculum is designed to develop and apply knowledge and skills in real life situations. Core competencies in KCBC are: communication and collaboration, self-efficacy, critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and imagination, citizenship, digital literacy and learning to learn. It is expected that at the end of the learning period the learners will have these values inculcated in them: love, responsibility, respect, unity, peace, patriotism and integrity. This paper proceeds from the understanding that teaching methodologies play an important role in achieving set objectives. The new curriculum thus provides a unique opportunity to the stakeholders in education to excavate the indigenous African knowledge in the course of imparting the required skills to the learners. This paper utilises one important genre of this knowledge: proverbs. The paper will examine how proverbs can be used in the teaching and learning context to inculcate moral values spelt out in KCBC.The parents, teachers and the community have a role to play in bringing up morally upright citizens and this training should start at an early age. Proverbs can provide learners with a genuine learning context, a focus to communicate, appreciate their cultural heritage, develop emotional intelligence and creativity. Proverbs from some Kenyan communities will be used in this paper to show that indeed if used in the instructional process, students can learn values from an early age and be good at communication.