Operational in Nairobi, Kenya, the Know Your World Initiative is a program of the Centre for International and Security Affairs that seeks to advance the global peace and security agenda through enhancing people to people relations.
Conceived through the idea of rapid globalization, the platform, engages with high school and University students, enabling them to understand the trends, and realize the impact of such interactions.
The programme aims to build a value system in the next generation that appreciates diversity and embraces cultural/racial/religious differences.
Diplomatic engagement with the people is at the core of our first pillar. This instrument helps in the understanding of cultures, attitudes, behavior and the management of relationships. Consequently, it influences thought and mobilizes actions intended to advance values and state to people relations.
Public diplomacy plays a role in building an awareness of the countries mutual interdependence in a more and more interconnected world, and to work in the realisation of a common good. This pillar provides an opportunity for the diplomatic community to interact at the classroom level with the students and for the students to seek clarification on the country’s positions on various issues as they learn during the period. The guest from the Missions meets the school fraternity and gets introduced to the schools’ culture and surroundings. There have been great partnerships made between the schools and some missions since.
The linchpin of public diplomacy, rests in the belief that good relations take root in the fertile ground of understanding and respect. This is professed through art, language and education as entry points to the culture of any people. It is upon this underpinning that public diplomacy finds its security. We take the view that cultural diplomacy can draw people closer and emphasize commonalities whereas official policy can appear adversarial and stress on the differences.
Through the partnerships with the various missions, the students have been exposed to music and dance performance workshops, food festivals, film festivals and other forms of interactive sessions between citizens of the countries that they are learning. The result is a fun environment where the interactions among the students and with the missions is lively.
The pedagogy approach used aims to empower learners to assume active roles to face and resolve global challenges and to become proactive contributors to a more peaceful, tolerant, and inclusive and secure world. This experiential learning focuses on bringing the student close to the real situations. There are scenarios on which the students do the role playing. The selected scenarios created by the research department be focuses on the various partner countries history, politics, economics, social and cultural practices to enable the students to have a close understanding and experience. The sessions are personalized, and learner driven. In the end, the following skills are achieved:
Problem Solving Skills
Creative and Critical thinking
• Dagoretti High School
• Moi Girls’ School Nairobi
• Nembu Girls’ High School
• Our Lady of Fatima Secondary School
• Pangani Girls’ High School
• St. Andrew’s School, Turi
• Starehe Boys Centre and School
• Upper Hill High School
• University of Nairobi – Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies
• Strathmore University Law School
• Technical University of Kenya
• Riara University
• South Sudan