PaCE: Public Participation, Peacebuilding & Democratization in Rural Kenya
The Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Nairobi commissioned QMR – basing on two previously conducted fundamental studies on local understanding of democracy – with the conceptualization, implementation and facilitation of a 1-year participatory education program in rural Kenya.
In close cooperation with the citizens’ initiative “Peace from the Soil”, a total of 30 community members in the pilot county of Marafa Ward (Kilifi County in the coastal region of Kenya) were trained in a train-the-trainer system to become so-called Community Resource Persons (CRPs). The core team of the program consisted of QMR staff members and Kenyan experts and trainers.
The content of the workshops covered topics such as democratic rights and the Kenyan constitution, civil and human rights, public budgeting, opportunities and means of public participation, women’s rights, the fight against corruption and electoral bribery, and ecological awareness in the fight against climate change.
In order to address the largely illiterate population living in extreme poverty in the most sustainable way possible, the trainers learned special experiential, illustrative and process-oriented methods and tools: forum theater, group processes, traditional dances and songs with modern lyrics and methods of conflict resolution – for a target group-appropriate approach.
In the PaCE program, which was designed over 3 roll-out waves, a total of 2,500 to 3,000 villagers were reached and informed.
The community resource persons remain in the sub-areas even after the program has ended and, as activists, are important contacts for the population for all concerns relating to democratization, peace-building and climate change.
In the PaCE program, which was designed over 3 roll-out waves, a total of 2,500 to 3,000 villagers could be reached and informed.
The Community Resource Persons will remain in the sub-areas even after the completion of the program and, as activists, are important contacts for the population for all concerns related to democratization, peace building and climate change.
The SDG’s targeted in the program:
• Ensure inclusive education (SDG 4)
• Empower women and girls (SDG 5)
• Reducing inequality (SDG 10)
• Combating climate change and its impacts (SDG 13)
• Promoting peaceful societies (SDG 16)
The framework developed in this project is ideally suited for teaching complex content to rural populations with little formal education.
The teaching content can be adapted depending on the project focus.
Currently, the framework is being adapted for an educational program for coffee farmers in the central region of Kenya: “Education of rural cooperatives and development of joint sales and marketing”.
An educational program on “Conflict Resolution in Rural Congo” is also being planned.
PaCE Program for peacebuilding and public participation in rural Kenya: insights
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