The Amani Clubs are an initiative started by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission which is mandated to reduce discrimination and promote diversity.
The National Cohesion & Integration Commission
The National Cohesion & Integration Commission envisages a peaceful, united, harmonious and integrated Kenyan society.
We work to develop and sustain processes that alleviate all forms of ethnic discrimination and promote diversity through knowledge creation, capacity building, advocacy and pertinent policy development.
The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) is a statutory body established under the National Cohesion and Integration Act, 2008. 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.
Through Amani Clubs, the Commission hopes to inculcate the appreciation of diversity among pupils and students from different ethnic, racial and religious communities.
The clubs are aimed at reducing the involvement of youth in violence by giving them the skills of citizenship, dispute resolution and establishment of peer mediation structures and peace education activities in the schools. The clubs will be used as an avenue to promote good relations, harmony and peaceful co-existence among students and between schools and their neighbouring communities. Club members would then influence their peers to participate in activities that promote the appreciation of diversity, peace, tolerance and national unity.
THE VALUE OF AMANI CLUBS
The establishment of Amani clubs is expected to enhance good character and self discipline among the young people. The clubs will actively provide opportunities for engagement and dialogue amongst students from diverse backgrounds. This will create a forum for honest and open debate on diverse issues so that trust can be built and stereotypes dispelled. Club members are expected to influence other youth, their communities and their parents thereby causing ripple effect in the promotion of national cohesion and integration.
Amani Clubs are expected to provide young people with avenues to address ethnicity, in a targeted way, and plant seeds of appreciation of diversity and tolerance by enabling students to learn to co-exist harmoniously despite their ethnic, racial or religious differences. The clubs will guide character formation, specifically guiding young people to respect diversity in a pluralistic society. The clubs will also empower their members to, among other things, promote peace in their day to day lives through words and actions; deal with life’s challenges peacefully; and become responsible citizens.
The objectives of the Amani clubs are to
- Promote respect for religious, cultural and linguistic diversity in a plural society by enhancing tolerance, understanding and acceptance of diversity in all aspects of national life.
- Promote the use of dialogue and other peaceful means of resolving conficts and disagreements within and outseide the schools
- Empower students to deal with life’s challenges peacefully and become responsible citizens
- Promote good relations and harmonious co-existence amongst students themselves and between schools and their neighboring communities.
Amani Clubs utilize a number of strategies to convey peace and cohesion messages to the public
Participating in Public Events and Meetings
Organising for clean-ups activities
Establishment of Peace Gardens and Nature Trails
VOLUNTEERISM & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Organising for Dialogue Forums
Peace caravans and races/walks
The vibrancy of any club depends on the activities that members are engaged in. Amani Club members are therefore encouraged to undertake different activities within and outside the school. Activities selected should be suitable to the institutions’ environment and level.
These include essay writing competitions, peace-related creativity projects, peace camps and capacity building in peace building, conflict management and community dialogues.
GOOD HEALTH PRACTICES
These involve taking part in talks on drug and substance abuse, promoting HIV / AIDS awareness and receiving and providing training on First Aid and safety.
Members protect and improve their environment by establishing tree nurseries, cleaning their surroundings and beautification projects.
ARTS, SPORTS & CULTURE
Members can learn from one another as they cooperate in sports, celebrate their rich diverse cultures during cultural weeks and enhance their talents through art.
GUIDANCE & COUNSELLING
Members take part in character education, peer counseling, mentorship, role modeling and vocational guidance to enlighten themselves and each other.
MARKING NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL DAYS
Members mark United Nations-mandated days such as International Day of Peace, World Day of Social and International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination