KI key objectives are to promote the understanding and implementation of the constitution. It has conducted various civic education activities across the country with the aim of informing and educating the public on key provisions of the constitution including rights, citizenship and leadership and Integrity. Article 10 of the constitution demands for inclusivity and public participation not only in interpretation and application of the constitution but also in the development and implementation of public policy and also in the. The constitution is transformative in nature and entitles citizens to a myriad of socio-economic and political benefits. It is therefore important that the electorate is informed on the promises of the constitution and further, empowered to exercise their rights, freedoms and duties towards the realization of a peaceful, just and democratic society.
Through its Civic Education and Community Engagement programme Katiba Institute envisages a citizenry that is well equipped to participate in policy making processes at both the national and county level. It also desires to facilitate continuous education and information on the constitution to enable community driven initiatives that protect and promote the constitutional implementation process. Past activities have focused on community based constitutional trainings across the country which have attracted representation from diverse groups of change agents including representatives of community based organizations, paralegals and members of county assemblies.
Objectives of the Partnership and Community Engagement unit are:
a) Enhance the understanding of the constitution
b) Increase civic capacity to advocate for the comprehensive implementation of the constitution
c) Enhance civic participation in social transformation through constitutional principles.
Partnership and Community engagement focus areas:
Institutional capacity building on the constitution
The provisions of the constitution are largely new to most Kenyans. It is for this reason that continued civic education is necessary to ensure that all citizens are aware of their privileges and obligations under the document. Local level institutions in particular have a bigger burden in civic education given their proximity to and frequency in interaction with the grassroots communities. Their capacity to conduct timely, regular and informative civic education is however dependent on their level of understanding of the constitution. Given its desire for public participation in constitutional implementation especially at the grassroots, KI focuses on building the capacity of local level institution by providing them with information and resources on the constitution, partnering with them and utilizing their networks in the dissemination of such constitutional information across the country.
Training or Trainers programme
To ensure consistency and sustainability of its civic education activities, KI has developed a wide reaching and representative TOT programme with participants drawn from all 47 counties. The selected trained trainers are equipped with tools and knowledge on the constitution and are used to enhance constitutional knowledge in their areas of residence.
Research and Publication of constitutional material
The production and dissemination of information on the constitution is crucial in civic education. Books, pamphlets, easy guides are some of the materials KI produces to enhance constitutional education.