What is the Uraia Trust Program?
The Uraia Trust Civic Education program is an umbrella under which 57 Kenyan civil society organizations support the training and deployment of civic educators and the dissemination of a national civic education curriculum in all 47 counties of Kenya. The program is a direct response to the post-election violence that occurred in 2007 and 2008 when the public space was captured and dominated by the political class through campaigns based on hate, ethnicity, and incitement.
Project Duration and Budget
March 2012 – November 2013
Who implements the Civic Education Program?
Other Donors: UK, Denmark, Canada, Sweden, & Norway
Where does the Uraia Civic Education Program work?
What does the Uraia Civic Education Program do?
The Uraia Trust Civic Education program provides quality civic education that helps Kenyan citizens pursue their rights under the new Constitution. A national civic education curriculum, “The Citizen Handbook”, was developed closely with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to ensure accurate and timely dissemination of information on voting processes and systems ahead of the election. The curriculum is disseminated through 359 trained civic educators from 57 civil society organizations. The trained civic educators return to their community organizations to improve citizens’ ability to monitor and participate in government decision-making processes. Each civic educator reached out to at least eight organized groups (youth groups, women groups etc.) in his or her community.
Uraia Trust, in partnership with the Kenya Institute of Education, developed an online civic education module for primary and secondary schools. The program is also supporting a yearlong radio and TV civic education program.
How is the Uraia Civic Education Program making a difference?
The program is developing a critical mass of informed and empowered voters that is resistant to political manipulation. As of December 2012, more than 60,000 Kenyans had actively participated in community-based civic education meeting. Together, all of Uraia Trust’s voter and civic education activities, including community meetings organized by civil society organizations, media and other outreach activities have delivered accurate and relevant information about Kenya’s Constitution to 6,466,405 citizens.
The Uraia Trust program also increased voter registration among youth through the “Kuvuka Kuvuka” initiative, implemented in partnership with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and Trueblaq.
What key challenges does Uraia program face?
Cultural factors continued to inhibit the participation of women and in some cases youth in civic education forums. People with disability are often neglected in civic education outreach efforts, despite the fact that they comprise ten percent of the Kenyan population.
For more information
John Smith-Sreen, Director
Office of Democracy, Rights and Governance, USAID/Kenya
Tel: 254 20 862 2000
Zephaniah Aura, AOR
Democracy, Human Rights and Governance
Tel: +254 20 862 2000
Grace Maingi, Chief of Party
Executive Director, Uraia Trust
Tel: +254 20 213 5561
Updated March 2013
Last updated: September 17, 2013