Civic Education and Advocacy

Civic Education and Advocacy Department

Sections 25 (1) of the NCI Act No.12 of 2008, states that the object and purpose for which the Commission is established is to facilitate and promote equality of opportunity, good relations, harmony and peaceful co-existence between persons of the different ethnic and racial communities of Kenya, and to advise the Government on all aspects thereof. And that (2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Commission shall: (a) promote the elimination of all forms of discrimination on the basis of ethnicity or race; (b) promote tolerance, understanding and acceptance of diversity in all aspects of national life and encourage full participation by all ethnic communities in the social, economic, cultural and political life of other communities; and (c) plan, supervise, co-ordinate and promote educational and training programmes to create public awareness, support and advancement of peace and harmony among ethnic communities and racial groups.

The Commission’s Civic Education and Advocacy Department spearheads the attainment of these functions through the formulation, coordination and implementation of educational, training and capacity building programmes aimed at promoting good relations, harmony and peaceful co-existence between persons of the different ethnic and racial communities of Kenya.
The core functions of the Civic Education and Advocacy Department (CEAD) include:

  1. Formulation and  development of responsive public awareness strategies and programmes for the  achievement of the objectives of the commission;
  2. Implementation of programmes and activities that create public awareness, support and advancement of national cohesion and integration in liaison with other stakeholders;
  3. Development and dissemination of Information, Education and Communication programmes for the  promotion of  national cohesion and integration;
  4. Coordinating the development and implementation of relevant policies and programmes for the achievement of national cohesion and integration;
  5. Liaising with Government Departments and Agencies and the private sector in mainstreaming national cohesion and integration;
  6. Creation of networks and partnerships with national and county stakeholders to facilitate the  achievement of the objectives of the Commission;
  7. Coordinating with National and County Governments to promote equality of opportunity, good relations, harmony and peaceful co-existence between persons of the different ethnic and racial communities in their jurisdiction;
  8. Encouraging responsible media coverage for achievement of national cohesion.

The Civic Education and Advocacy Department uses communication, advocacy, and outreach initiatives to promote active public participation in the advancement of tolerance, understanding and acceptance of diversity in all aspects of national life and equitable resource distribution.
The functions of CEAD are carried out within three key areas namely:

 

a) Communications and Media Relations

b) Networks and Partnerships

c) Public Education and Advocacy

 

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