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"Discerning Our Way Together"

Posted on: August 23, 2000 4:27 PM
Related Categories: Kenya

Three departments of the Anglican Church of Kenya have combined to launch a joint Civic Education Programme (CEP) entitled "Discerning Our Way Together." Kenyan Archbishop, the Most Revd Dr David Gitari, launched the new programme at All Saints Cathedral earlier this year.

The CEP has been developed in response to challenge the injustices that exist in Kenya, with a view to improving the quality of life of those who suffer from unjust political and economic structures.

"This is why we as the Anglican Church of Kenya decided to embark on this program so as to help the people understand and assert their rights and know their obligations from the grassroots level," said Archbishop David Gitari in his speech at the official launch. He emphasised the special place of the Constitution Review Process, noting that the current constitution does not reflect the views of Kenyans about good governance. He encouraged all Kenyans to participate in the process of reform.

"This process will only be effective in bringing desired changes in our country if over 80% of the population in the rural areas with little access to the independent media are awakened, informed and educated to participate fully in this process," the Archbishop declared.

Since the 1970s Kenya has experienced relative economic decline, and today 60% of the population live below the poverty line of 75 shillings a day. The Archbishop blamed the mismanagement of resources through poor policies and corrupt practices, but highlighted the lack of a coherent constitution and effective government.

"The church's experience in community development work is credit worthy," Archbishop David Gitari said, explaining how the Anglican Church of Kenya's involvement with communities at a grassroots level made it an effective participant in civic education. "It has in place resources - human and material - that can easily be mobilised towards implementing an awareness creation programme. Its divine prophetic call and responsibility in society gives the church political immunity, which will enable it to implement politically sensitive interventions."

Item from: Christian Voice