In America, we have 50 states, but we are all part of the United States. If you visit different states, you might notice that the food, language and culture vary from place to place. Each state has its own unique flavor, yet when it comes to the important things, the country comes first. What would happen if each state wanted to be independent? What if people in different states argued with each other over religion or culture? America would become weak. We would not progress as a people.
Many countries in the world still struggle with this problem. Different tribes or groups of people live within an area and they don’t get along. For many years, Kenya has struggled to overcome conflicts between different tribes. Individual tribes are often more important to people than the country as a whole. Great Britain ruled Kenya until 1963. After Kenya gained independence, the country enjoyed many years of prosperity under the direction of President Kenyatta. After he died, Kenya struggled to stay united. Recently, the country has become more peaceful and stable.
Kenya lies in eastern Africa, on the Indian Sea. Ethiopia and Somalia lie to the north; Tanzania is in the south. The country has miles of coastal plains, highlands and even mountains. The capital city, Nairobi, is cooler than other cities in the region because it sits in the highlands. Kenya is home to many animals, including lions, zebras, elephants, giraffes and rare birds.
Fun Facts about Kenya for Kids
- Over 48,600,000 people live in Kenya.
- Kenya has 224,081 square miles of land.
- Uhuru Kenyatta is the current president of Kenya (information updated May 2018).
- People in Kenya speak English, Kishwahili, and tribal languages.
- Most people in Kenya are a mixture of Protestant or Catholic religions, mixed with native beliefs.
- People in Kenya can expect to live 64 years.
- 85 percent of adults can read.
- At 5,199 m Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya. It is the 2nd highest mountain in the African continent.
- The longest river in Kenya is the Tana river. The Tana river is 800 km in length and flows only within Kenya. Kenya also has the river Nile flowing through the country and it is longer, but the Nile flows into other countries also were as the Tana river is purely within Kenya.
- About 75% of the Kenyan population work within the agriculture sector.
- Tourism is a big money spinner in Kenya with many tourists coming on Safari to see the wonderful wildlife.
- The currency in Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling.
- Progress: grow, move forward, improve
- Tribe: group of tightly connected people
- Prosperity: peace, wealth, growth
- Stable: calm, predictable
All About Kenya Video for Kids
Watch this awesome Kenya video for kids:
This video presentation is all about Kenya’s people, culture, tribes, Masai, maps, National Parks and its capital, Nairobi.
Question: Do children in Kenya go to school?
Answer: Children can go to school for free from age seven to 14. Only 50 percent of young children go to school. Very few go beyond the age of 14.
Map of Kenya
Here’s a map of the country of Kenya and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Kenya! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Kenya, as though you are actually there!
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