Integration of value based education in the Kenyan education system as a response to emerging challenges
Value based education (VBE) is an outcome anchored on culture, religion, morals, values and character formation for holistic development. Values and attitudes are components for cognitive knowledge and are useful in attaining and maintaining peace across cultures. VBE enhances values for holistic education which promotes nationalism and global citizenship. These can be integrated in the school curriculum to enhance character building. Invaluably, value education leads to development of fundamental principles, common humanity, sustainable development, social justice and equality for peaceful co-existence. There is need to produce citizens who are able to respond to emerging issues through negotiation and mediation. The purpose of this paper is to assess how value based education can be embedded in the school curriculum as part of the national curriculum reform process. Methodology involved identification and analysis of documents focusing on values education andglobal frameworks. Additionally, review and documentary analysis of varied reports and literature was conducted. Qualitative descriptive and comparative analyses were used to interrogate the position of VBE in promoting peaceful coexistence and spurring growth. This paper reveals that values mold character which can enhance academic achievement, cohesion, teamwork, strengthen relationships and perpetuate attainment of sustainable development.