Journal of Religious Education

, Volume 66, Issue 3, pp 225–234 | Cite as

Benefits of Good Shepherd Catechesis among children with intellectual disabilities in Kenya

  • Sahaya G. Selvam
  • Lucia Munyiva


Since Martin Luther, religious education has largely been identified with catechism that used question and answer method, particularly in the Catholic church. For a person with intellectual disability, this offers a grave difficulty in religious formation. Could there be alternatives? The present study aimed at exploring the benefits of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) for children living with intellectual disabilities. The participants were 23 children and nine care-givers in a Catholic context in Kenya. Observation guides and interviews were used to collect data that showed that children with intellectual disabilities had the ability to spontaneously relate with the spiritual world, and in some cases, with Jesus. The findings confirmed that the CGS offers children with special needs the space, tools, and time to get in touch with the Divine through witnessing to the narrative of the Word.


Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) Children with intellectual disabilities Religious education in Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tangaza University CollegeNairobiKenya

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