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Varsity launches Elimika Communication Strategy

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The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi officially launches the Elimika Communication Strategy.

There was pomp and colour as the University of Nairobi launched the Communication Strategy for the ‘Construction of Knowledge Societies in Kenya programme’ dubbed ‘Elimika.’

The event which took place on April 29, 2016 at the University’s Taifa Hall, brought together various stakeholders from Ford Foundation, UNESCO, the National and County governments, and local communities from Makueni, Turkana, Kwale, Homa Bay and Nairobi.
 
Elimika is a collaborative project between the University of Nairobi and our partners UNESCO and Ford Foundation which aims at empowering communities with “knowledge wealth” for their prosperity. The project seeks to embed the knowledge of the   constitution of Kenya in the communities’ way of life.
 
Presiding over the launch, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, said that the University of Nairobi has taken the initiative to unpack the provisions of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, using local cultural vehicles, to enhance communities’ ability to apply their knowledge of the constitution in achieving sustainable development.
 
“I believe that your presence here today is testimony of your commitment to the ideals of this project in contributing in the capacity building of our people as envisaged through, “Elimika Uwajibike,” he said. The project is spearheaded by Prof. Judith Bahemuka, the UNESCO/UNITWIN Chair, UoN.
 
Ford Foundation’s Regional Representative, Mr. Maurice Makoloo, commended the University of Nairobi and specifically the project team on the great strides thus far, noting that Ford Foundation has seen foresight, commitment and tenacity in the project team in the implementation of the initiative.
 
To date, the Elimika project has been implemented in five counties- Homa Bay, Kwale, Makueni, Turkana and Nairobi. In the next three years commencing June 2016, the project aims to cover six more counties i.e. Kajiado, Kakamega, Kisii, Murang’a, Taita Taveta and Uasin Gishu. To this end, the purpose of the launch of the Communication Strategy is to reach out and engage the private sector and other partners to support the project for a phased implementation in all the 47 counties in the country.