Western Education And Family Values Of The Karrayu People Of Ethiopia

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Our research will focus on the Karrayu people of Ethiopia, and their understanding of both western education and their own family values. This will not only allow for the Karrayu to make an informed, and objective decision regarding education, but it will also ensure better cross-cultural understanding among the Karryau, and Western society. Our team has learned much from the video about the Karrayu people, but there are still many gaps concerning their understanding of Western education and how that interacts with their ideas of family values. The main issue seen is that it isn’t clear what exactly the Karrayu think of when they discuss school. We don’t know if anyone has explained the advantages that schooling can have in a Western society. …show more content…
They may conflict in ways that Westerners wouldn’t understand. They might harmonize in ways that the Karrayu didn’t think of. Whatever the outcome, we need to get these questions answered. Our main tool of learning the Karrayu’s understanding of education is interviews with several members of the Karrayu people. We would need to interpret how people from several different backgrounds in the community understand education in order to get a fairly broad interpretation of their understanding. This will require interviews that are structured enough so that one interview can be applied to several different people. At the same time, however, they must be unstructured enough to let the interviewees have a free range to talk about education as they understand it. One specific group that would be of special interest to us is that of the people that witnessed the Western schools in the Karrayu’s region being built. If we’re able to talk to them we will be able to gain knowledge of how these initial constructions affected the …show more content…
Interviews will make the Karrayu that are interviewed feel rather out of place, which we feel may give us a rather skewed view of how they understand their family values. In order to gain the most pure and unbiased understanding of their views each member of the team will be “adopted” by a different Karrayu family. We will each work, talk, and play in the family, acting as a normal family member as much as possible in the hopes that this will keep the Karrayu acting much more normally than they would during an interview. In doing this we will be able to witness rather than try to listen and comprehend what exactly the Karrayu see as good

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