Welcome to the Amani Clubs Website
What are Amani Clubs?
Amani Clubs are an initiative by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission and the Ministry of Education to promote good relations, harmony and peaceful co-existence amongst students themselves and between schools and their neighbouring communities in Kenya. The Clubs are a network of groups of high school students drawn from different cultural, ethnic, racial, social, religious and economic divides to unite, coming together in order to contribute towards a more inclusive and peaceful Kenya. We appreciate the diversity of our country and our cultures and believe they are sources of strength, not barriers. We promote peace and co-existence in our day to day lives, through our words and our actions. We are the future of this great nation. We are Amani.
What is Hangout Bridges?
Through Google Hangouts, Amani Clubs are using technology to cross cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, geographical, gender, social and economic differences. Google offers an opportunity for students to connect across distances and to work together easily. Initiated in Israel, Hangout Bridges demonstrates the power of technology in bringing people together, sharing experiences and creating common understanding. This common understanding anout issues promotes inclusion and co-creating content that counters divisive narratives ultimately helping young people appreciate the richness of cultural diversity.
Amani Hangout Bridges gives young people a platform to co-create content, express empathy, strength, love and respect to and for themselves and others.
The Amani Hangout Bridges curriculum is designed to promote
self-comprehension and self-assurance. This enhances the students' dignity and self-esteem. Appreciating oneself is essential for harmony.
By extending respect and empathy to others , the student look at the various differences in culture or world-view not as barriers or something to be ignored but as an expression of humanity. This fosters peace, respect and inclusion.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
"Some of my friends and people would avoid me because of my religion and my culture thinking I was associated with an extremist group"
N- A 16 year old student
Young people face discrimination and stereotyping. Issues of discrimination and exclusion on the basis of ethnicity, religion, race, class and gender are very much alive in our society. These issues are not new. However, this does not mean that they should continue to divide us. By using Google tools, young men and women from as diverse a group as you could imagine, are able to work together, play together and share experiences.
Technology is a driving force for inclusion.
As the heaviest consumers of technology, these young men and women through this program not only bridging schisms, they are coming together and truly appreciating each other.
Pillars of Hangout Bridges
TEACHING PEACE, CO-EXISTENCE & COHESION
Teaching the values of peace, co-existence and national cohesion
USING TECHNOLOGY TO BUILD BRIDGES
Demonstrating the power of technology in bridging divides between people, communities and cultures
CONNECTING DIVERSE NETWORKS OF PEOPLE
Setting up virtual and human networks that share and apply the values of peace, co-existence and cohesion among socially and culturally diverse communities
How we do this
Establishing networks of students who value peaceful co-existence to become ambassadors for peace in their communities.
Working with students to set up and connect Amani Clubs all over the country to undertake joint activities.
Bridging a socio-cultural divide between communities through inter-cultural dialogue to foster understanding and cohesion between communities.
Facilitating social and educational activities between culturally diverse peers designed to foster inter-cultural understanding and cohesion.
TECHNOLOGY AS A MEDIATOR
Using technology as a tool/bridge for interactions between geographically and culturally diverse communities to share positive narratives of peace, co-existence and national cohesion.
WORKING WITH PARTNERS
Enlisting support and participation of key actors such as schools, government, civil society, local leaders to coordinate peace-building and cohesion messages and activities.