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Peace education program set to empower students

29 August 2012, 16:42 Mwangi Karanja

The Ministry of Education has introduced a peace education program set to empower students and teachers to be peace ambassadors.

The program dubbed “Let the Children's Voice be Heard” was launched last week at the Trans Nzoia County Peace Forum saw students from St. Monica's and St. Joseph's Girls entertain and educate the stakeholders through song and dance.

Speaking to press at the venue ,the Trans Nzoia County Focal Person on Peace from the Ministry of Education Mr. Akoko-Okayo said that 8 teachers had been trained so far from different primary schools and secondary school in the county.

Among the schools involved in the program include; Kitale Academy Primary School, St. Marks Secondary in Cherengany, St. Michael Tops Station, Kapcheplanget primary school, St. Francis High School in Suwerwa, Amuka Secondary School and Kees Secondary school among other schools.

The program is an initiative of the ministry of Education together with the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs and is geared towards empowering students to be peace ambassadors in their schools, homes and communities.

The students use songs, dance, poems and other forms of theater to pass the message of peace and reconciliation.

Their debut performance was at the Trans Nzoia County Peace Forum that closed yesterday evening at the Kitale Museum.

The peace education program is a countrywide program that was launched in May this year when the focal persons were trained then the teachers from different schools around the country were trained to be the peace educators.

Two students and a teacher were part of the group of 30 in Nairobi attending the National Peace Forum .

Akoko-Okayo said the initiative has been successful so far as most of the students are keen on participating and are very committed to spreading the message of peace.

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