From INEE newsletter on Education and Fragility (DEC 2012)
Interview with Mary Kangethe on the Kenyan Ministry of Education’s work on education and peace
Mary Kangethe is an Assistant Director of Education in the Ministry of Education Kenya. She is Coordinator of the Peace Education Programme in the Ministry. She is also an expert resource person for the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility.
In this interview, Mary Kangethe explains the Ministry’s work on education and peace through highlights from policy and practice. She shares lessons learned and recommendations for other countries, describes some challenges the Ministry faces in implementing its Peace Education Programme, and finally outlines some ways forward.
Since independence, the education sector in Kenya promotes nationalism, patriotism, national unity, social equality, responsibility, international consciousness and positive attitudes towards other nations. This is mainly operationalized through the national school curriculum.
Violent conflicts related to elections have sporadically occurred in Kenya since 1992. The experiences of the 2007/2008 post-election violence in Kenya prompted the initiation of a Peace Education Programme in learning institutions by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with UNICEF and UNHCR. With time other partners came on board including NPI-Africa, UNESCO, the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention (JCCP), and the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD). …
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