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Kenya: Teaching Ethnic Tolerance Through Science Fiction

Categories: Sub-Saharan Africa, Kenya, Ethnicity & Race, Literature

Kenyan children are taught ethnic tolerance through science fiction [1]: “Attack of the Shidas:AKAs Save the Planet” is the story of three communities who live in a desert town which depends on a lone borehole for all their water. But the people are threatened when they discover that the water is mysteriously being emptied at night.”

“Three children in the town discover they have special powers as only they, can see and hear the invisible water thieves that bring with them numerous other problems to the three communities. Yet nobody believes what the children have to say, because these three children possess special powers of equality and tolerance that enable them to see what others in their communities cannot see. Can the children stop the aliens before war breaks out in the town?”