Kenya: GPPAC Peace Education Conference

Presented by: Caroline Owegi-Ndhlovu, Nairobi Peace Initiative, and Mary Wanja Mugo, Chief Government Counselor, Ministry of Education, Kenya
Presented at: Sustainable Regional Education Efforts for Safer More Inclusive Communities Working Group, Heredia, Costa Rica
Date of Session: November 9 – 10, 2010

Session Description: The goals of the education system in Kenya are to foster nationalism, patriotism and promote national unity. It also aims, among other things, to promote individual development and self fulfillment, sound moral and religious values, social equality and responsibility, and respect for and development of Kenya’s rich and varied cultures. Efforts to more fully integrate peace education into schools and education policy started in 2001 with the establishment of the National Steering Committee (NSC) on Peacebuilding and Conflict Management within the Office of the President in collaboration with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). A new peace education program was officially launched in December of 2008.