Written by Phanice P Kemei
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The Ministry of Education has entered into partnership with United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF) to initiate the peace education program aimed at developing harmonious co-existence among the teaching fraternity in the country.
Senior Deputy Director of Education in the directorate of Policy partnership and East Africa Community Mrs. Margaret Murage said that the education sector was the most affected during the 2007/8 post election chaos. That was why the ministry had come up with the initiative for stakeholders in education on peaceful conflict management.
The joint national peace campaign is intended to impart knowledge, skills and values among the teachers, learners and members of the community ahead of the forthcoming General Elections.
She pointed out that several public primary and secondary schools were tourched during the violence disrupting learning programs besides displacement of children and their parents from their homes in various parts of the country.
”It is a high time we bring all education stakeholders together as we approach the next general elections to avert a similar scenario which occurred in 2008 where learning programs were disrupted in many of public schools due to violent chaos,” she said.
Mrs. Murage made it clear that the national peace education campaign will entail peace awareness caravans, national peace activities and peace education campaign forums in the 47 counties across the country.
“We want to create public awareness on peaceful co-existence and give a voice to children and young people on matters of peace and unity regardless of ethnic background or political affiliations’, said Murage.
She was speaking at an Eldoret hotel during the opening of the sensitization workshop for District Education Officers drawn from several counties on the National Peace Education Campaign and added that the ministry of education has achieved its mission.
She stated that some of the achievements recorded so far include the training of 8,909 field officers and primary school teachers on peace education between 2008 and 20011.
She further revealed that the ministry had also sensitized 3,900 principals of public secondary schools and 4000 Board of Governors members on peace education in 2009 and 2010.
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