During his time as a guest lecturer at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, in 2011, Jörg Baetge noticed that the Maasai do not have a good reputation among Kenya’s population and even among fellow professors: Many Kenyans deride the Maasai as “savages”.
But when Jörg Baetge and his wife went on a safari to the Maasai Mara, he met a Maasai guide and learned his great educational story: He was a guide in the national park “Massai Mara”. Like many other Maasai children, he was not allowed to attend school at first, because he was supposed to be trained traditionally to become a “Maasai Warrior”. These are to protect the cattle herds of the Maasai from wild animals. However, his parents succeeded in changing the tribal elder’s mind, so that the gifted boy was initially allowed to attend a primary school.
His story was the first impulse for Jörg Baetge to deal with the educational topic of the Maasai.