Capstone/Dissertation Title

Suppression of cultural identity and school success in Oromo students

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to find out how successive Ethiopian governments treated the Oromo students and how this impacted Oromo students' success in school. My capstone question How do Oromo Students describe the impact of their past educational experiences on their future success in school? explored this question. My goal was to create a historical document to encourage young educated Oromos to expand this type of research and to increase my effectiveness in my diversified classroom. I interviewed five persons and their stories described that Oromo students suffered cultural and language discrimination in all levels of education in Ethiopian schools and were oppressed by many teachers and government officials. The results of this capstone supported that the more Oromos appeared to be educated, the more they were targeted by the three successive Ethiopian government systems studied in this research.

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