DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITIES
This is one of the largest Departments and forms the backbone of the Social
wellbeing of the Society. It’s the department that empowers the future
professional teachers as better educational servants of the society who
are also the conscience of the community well grooved with spiritual,
mental, physical, psychological and environmental conscious skills.
A prospective candidate in this case has to take two teaching subjects
in the secondary school curriculum with a mean grade of C+ in either
English or Kiswahili to qualify for employment with the
Teachers Service Commission. The combination in this department
is CRE/Geography, CRE/History and Geography/History.
The department has several activities that are geared towards proper learning and teaching skills. These are geographical, historical and religious trips and seminars to various sites and regions like Mombasa, Kisumu, agricultural farms and factories or industries, mountains sites, valleys, swamps and forests.
All these are geared to make the learning and teaching enjoyable outside the lecture halls. To crown it all, these areas make the trainee teacher interact with the nature and learn the needs of the society so that when they go out they impact the knowledge and have the deeper mastery of the content hence a super teacher. Conclusively, this is a department not only to enjoy and partake but also to watch.
HISTORY has it that in CRE God created the universe which is studied in GEOGRAPHY hence complements each other for it carries life therefore the department stands out.
The Department is composed of three disciplines i.e.: Geography, CRE and History & Government: -
You must have noticed that the earth’s surface is ever changing.
Geography provides an avenue for understanding the factors behind
a real differentiation, how social, cultural, and economic and demographic
factors change our physical landscape and create new or altered landscapes
by human interventions.
Geography not only investigates what is where on earth, but also why it is there. Geographers study the location of activities, carefully identifying patterns using maps and finding out the reasons for the patterns. Today, all over the world there are problems related to providing food security, health, effective energy use and environmental conservation. Equally important are equality issues and sustainable development. All these can be achieved by using our resources in sustainable development.
Study of Geography is therefore necessary to learn more about environmental processes and to understand how land use planning can help us to overcome problems. Geography has acquired the status of science that explains the arrangement of various natural and cultural features on the earth’s surface. Geography is a holistic and interdisciplinary field of study engaged in understanding the changing spatial structure from past to present.
Geography has three main branches, physical, human and regional geography. Physical geography includes geomorphology, climatology, oceanology, soil and biogeography. Human geography includes cultural, population, social, economic and political aspects while regional geography include macro, meso and micro aspects.
Therefore, the study of Geography involves description and analysis of places on earth and the spatial distribution of phenomena in the varied interrelationships as they influence human activities. The subject is dynamic as well as interdisciplinary as it is related both to humanities and sciences.
In Diploma College, the syllabus has been designed to equip the learners with knowledge, skills and techniques in order to teach secondary school geography effectively. A student desiring to pursue this course must have had a prior knowledge of the subject form secondary level.
Seizing the opportunity to study Geography in College will not only equip you with knowledge and skills but also change your overall perspective on variable phenomena on the earth’s surface. Welcome to the Department.
Mrs. Bilha Ludeki
2. CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
CRE is one of the disciplines in the Humanities’ department forming the backbone of the society through which the virtues and values of an individual teacher trainee is built and depleted. Such virtues include spiritual, moral, mental, psychological and physical virtues. CRE covers the Bible (Old and New Testament) African Religious Heritage, Contemporary Christian living and other selected religions of the world.
The syllabus is well formulated to incorporate the current issues affecting the society, creating a warm phenomenon where a teacher trainee feels at home.
CRE helps to achieve the national goal of education with view of fostering nationalism, patriotism, promoting national unity crowned with fulfilment of the educational objectives. Some of these objectives are acquiring knowledge, skills and attitude for self-development and the nation. It also promotes culture, international relationships, love, positive environmental and health practices, together with acquiring critical thinking and rational judgment among others.
The discipline indicates the unspoken virtues which are unconsciously absorbed such as courtesy, respect for others, honesty, a sense of responsibility, sharing and other virtues that help unite the community and the society as a whole.
In the dynamic world which requires critical thinking, decision making with those skills in order to face the challenges of life with maturity, integrity and morals- hence CRE to make the subject more enjoyable teacher trainee is exposed to video clips, out of class activities such as trips, outreaches, invited guests speakers, health officers, government security officers to keep abreast with the issues of the society. CRE is the conscience of the society hence the best place to be. Welcome.
3. HISTORY & GOVERNMENT
According to R. G. Collingwood in his book “The Idea of History”.
History is a science. Historians re-enact the past events and look at them
the way they were, this discipline of knowledge looks at the processes of
change in the peoples total way of life and how the change affect the
human environment over time.
Social history deals with people’s religions, beliefs, cultural practices,
dressing, taboos, values, eating habits and literature.
Political history dwells on the systems of Government, leadership,
security and maintenance of law and order.
Economic history looks at livelihood of the people such as hunting and gathering, trade, crop growing, fishing and livestock keeping.
We study the history of Africa in comparison to the rest of the world in the periods before and after writing of history started by looking at early kingdoms and urban centers such as Axum, Anthens, Asante, Mwene Mtapa among others. We also look at the history of Kenya in comparison to the rest of Africa before colonization, during the colonial era and also in the post-colonial era.
Government on the other hand is a body that exercise authority over people in this area we study the political system and administrative structure of a state. We study how the Africans were governed in the pre-colonial era and also the post-colonial political system in Kenya in comparison to other parts of the world.
A part from intensive research on written documents about the past we also carry out field trips to historic pre-historic and resourceful sites in the process of equipping the student teachers with knowledge which is meant to make them postmodern teachers who will competently impart the same knowledge to the students.
History and Government therefore is the study of man and the Society. It is a necessary tool in molding the future Society into a Society full of people with a sense of national pride, patriotic and ready to peacefully co-exist and tolerate each other’s cultures. By studying the past we can predict the future and find solution to present problems apart from which through this study we gain this study intellectual fulfillment and interest in further learning.
Joseph R. Were
HISTORY & GOVERNMENT
Lumasia Emily (Mrs.)
ACTING SENIOR MISTRESS
Mrs. Emily Lumasia
ACTING SENIOR MISTRESS
Mrs Bilha Ludeki
HEAD OF SUBJECT
Mr. Joseph R. Were
HEAD OF SUBJECT HISTORY
Mr. Joshua Letting explains a point to Geography Teacher Trainees on an Educational tour in Malindi
Dagaa fishing, drying & transportation at Lake Victoria.