The NCIC in its role to facilitate equality of opportunity, good relations, harmony and peaceful coexistence between persons of different ethnic and racial communities in Kenya honored an invitation from Cyprian Simiyu, Amani Clubs’ County Coordinator, Machakos County, to participate in a peace symposium that was held on 9th February 2019 at Machakos School.
The symposium brought on board ten secondary schools and one primary school, a total of 187 students; 116 female and 71 male students.
The objective of the symposium was to enhance introduction, presence of sustainability of Amani clubs initiative in Machakos County. Each school was required to make a presentation on how Amani Club makes the school a conducive learning environment.
Mr. Indimuli Kahi, KESSHA Chairman and Machakos School Principal advised the students that harmony starts in school and being in school provides an opportunity for students from different ethnic communities to interact with each other. Hence, the school is an important part of unity. He added that the students should device better methods of solving conflicts. Mr. Francis Merinyi, Programs officer, NCIC asked the students to participate in the annual essay writing competition as it is important for the Commission to know the views of young people in regard to cohesion and peace.
Each school made a presentation ranging from skits, poems, songs and spoken word pointing out their school activities, peace meetings, peace gardens, peace posters, class barazas preaching against tribalism and peace entertainment through drama club, reconciliation mass and finally tree planting.