Report on the State of Health and Education Among the Minority and Indigenous Peoples in Kenya


In 2015, all member states of the United Nations (UN) adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The Member States pledged to ensure that “no one will be left behind” and to “endeavour to reach the furthest behind first”. In Kenya and other parts of Africa, Indigenous Peoples are the furthest behind because of historical marginalization. This report by Ogiek Peoples Development Program explores the state health ( SDG Goal 3) and quality education (SDG Goal 4) among indigenous forest communities in Kenya.

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Indigenous Environment Defenders.

Africa’s hunter-gatherer and nomadic pastoralist peoples have lived symbiotically and sustainably within Africa’s ecosystems for millenia. Their Traditional Knowledge Systems are treasure houses of indigenous knowledge.

Under colonialism, African hunters and nomads suffered land dispossession and cultural oppression. In the post-colonial era, they’ve advocated for their land, cultural and human rights.

Now, in this Age of Climate Change, Africa’s hunter-gatherer and nomadic pastoralist peoples are recognised as frontline guardians and managers of African biodiversity, and provide early warning for climate change trends.

We appeal to African governments to formally recognise the Traditional Knowledge Systems and practices of hunters and nomads.


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