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Plans underway to fight radicalization amongst Coastal youth

18 March 2015, 21:52

Nairobi - Radicalization amongst Coastal youths will now be fought from school level in a move of bringing cohesion.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has kicked off a two day training course for teachers who will in turn form Amani (peace) clubs in all schools to spread the gospel of cohesion.

Though the campaign has also started in other areas of the country Coast region has had specific issues to do with radicalization that the commission seeks to address.

Speaking at Forest Lodge where the training of both secondary and primary school teachers started, one of the commissioners Prof. Gitile Naituli said the initiative was to induct young Kenyans into Kenyan hood as they grow.

“We are definitely addressing the issues of radicalization by telling the youths that the norm won’t help anything,” said Naituli.

He noted that those teaching the youths on bad doctrines only fuel hatred amongst them.

“Everybody in Kenya has a problem and that doesn’t mean that you betray your country,” he added.

On the recent selection of form ones to national schools which brought an uproar from parents who said that it was biased, Commissioner Naituli argued that all people need to be treated fairly if equity was to reign.

To him, good grades need to be recognized and appreciated by being given their rightful position so as to encourage others.

“Any deviation from that will make other people feel like why should they put more effort when others who have not worked hard are called in better schools,” he further said.

He urged the Ministry of education not to encourage that kind of spirit which he said will undermine equity which will not help in having a cohesive society.

After forming clubs in individual schools, the learners will then take up the mantle of training their colleagues through the same.

The workshop also brought together the Ministry of education, County quality assurance officers, Teachers Service Commission, Kenya National Union of Teachers and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers.

Prof. Naituli further stated that after finishing with both Primary and Secondary schools, the Commission will then move into universities for the same.

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