National Civic Education Programme Phase II
As a second phase and follow-up to the first National Civic Education Programme (NCEP I) which was implemented in Kenya between August 2000 and September 2002, the objective of the National Civic Education Programme II is to consolidate a vibrant political culture in Kenya where groups and individuals are aware and fully exercise their rights and responsibilities.
For this purpose several donors have decided to establish a basket fund in order to deliver a national civic education programme in partnership with a broad spectrum of CSOs. Five Consortia will implement NCEP II:
1) CEDMAC (marginalized communities)
2) Gender Consortium (targets women's organisations)
3) CRECO (rights-based grouping)
4) ECEP (Ecumenical Constitutional Education)
5) National NGO Council (will represent all the other CSOs).
The content of civic education will cluster around the following themes: Human rights, good governance, democratisation, Constitutionalism and Nation-building. NCEP II is based on the experience of NCEP I and the findings of its evaluators, it will operate in significantly changed political conditions. The current Government of Kenya has a positive attitude to NCEP II. In the new political conditions, a rights-based approach (RBA) will be used. Advocacy should be encouraged, notably regarding gender equality and the rights of those affected by HIV and AIDS. NCEP II is a human rights and good governance programme, which seeks to ensure that legislative and human rights including the Constitution become tools that Kenyans use to hold government accountable for meeting appropriate performance standards. The programme seeks to enhance participation by all citizens especially women and the poor in governance-related matters.
Programme management will be located with the newly created Programme Steering Committee (PSC) on which the Donor Committee (by the lead donor) will be represented aloongside the 5 consortia, the FMA and TAT.