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Seminars/ Conferences/ Workshops/ Discussions

The Foundation convenes multi-disciplinary conferences/ seminars/ workshops and discussions both physically and electronically (e-seminars/ e-conferences). The Kenya conferences/ seminars/ workshops and discussions began in 2012 and have been successful, receiving impressive presentations and participation. The first Pre-Colonial History of the Kalenjin: Methodological Approaches was held on Wednesday 30 May 2012 at the Eldoret Club, Uasin Gishu County, with the support of the Department of History, Political Science and Public Administration, Moi University, and a small grant from the Ford Foundation.

The second A Reflection on the Works of B E Kipkorir was convened on Thursday 23 August 2012 at the University of Nairobi in collaboration with the Institute of Anthropology, Gender and African Studies (IAGAS) at the University.

The third Sport and Local Development in Kenya: Past and Present Successes and Challenges, and Future Safeguards was held on Thursday 29 November 2012 at St. Patrick’s High School-Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, in collaboration with the school.

The fourth Emerging Trends in Oral Traditions (Literature) and Indigenous Languages Research in Kenya was held Wednesday-Saturday 22-25 May 2013 at A.I.C. Guest House-Tot, Elgeyo Marakwet County, in collaboration with Kenya Oral Literature Association (KOLA) with membership from Eastern African universities. The association is hosted at the Department of Literature, University of Nairobi. This seminar was unique because there were oral performances from Marakwet and Pokot communities aimed at fostering peace and national dialogue.

The fifth forum was an open discussion on clan-based identities in Kenya Demystifying Ethnic Identities in Kenyan Post-Colony: A Clan by Clan Analysis organized by the Foundation at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, on Thursday 27 June 2013 from 9.a.m. to 4 p.m. local time. It brought together discussants from different ethnic/ linguistic affiliations in Kenya and will lead to research Clan Approach to the Study of the Peoples of Eastern Africa over Time on totemic clans, with intent of producing a compendium of Kenyan clans in order to promote national integration and cohesion by challenging prevalent ethnic-based identity stereotypes.

The sixth seminar Conflict in Kenya, the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa was held in Collaboration with the Department of Research, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, on Thursday 28 November 2013 at Jubilee Auditorium, Lang’ata Campus, the Catholic University of Eastern Africa from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.

The seventh seminar Peaceful Kenya’s 2017 Elections: The Imperative of Calming Ethnic Fault Lines was held in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Foundation on Thursday 27 April 2017 at YMCA-Central, Nairobi, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.

The eight forum was an open discussion Politics and the Future of Kenya on Thursday 29 March 2018  at the British Institute in Eastern Africa, Nairobi, from 5.30 p.m. local time.

The ongoing activities are Webinar series offered through GoToWebinar: Agriculture and Food Security in Africa on Thursday 15 November 2018, Poaching and Wildlife Conservation in Africa on Thursday 29 November 2018, Africa’s Image in the World in the New Era on Thursday 13 December 2018, and A Reflection on African Union Agenda 2063 on Thursday 27 December 2018. The forums will open at 15.00 GMT and close at 17.00 GMT.

The next forum in the Kenya seminar programmes A Literature and Culture Colloquium in Honour of the Late Prof. Chris Lukorito Wanjala will be convened by Kisii University, Kapenguria Campus, in collaboration with the County Government of West Pokot, and Association of Literature Scholars of Kenya (ALSOK), on Saturday 26 January 2019, at Kisii University, Kapenguria Campus, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. local time.

The planned global conferences for 2019 are Africa – Latin America Relations: Exploring the Future Together in Bogotá, Colombia, on Thursday 25 April 2019, 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Local Time (14.00 GMT – 21.00 GMT), and Emerging Technological Solutions as Vocational Skills at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, on Thursday 17 October 2019, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Local Time (12.00 GMT – 14.00 GMT).

The proceedings of all the conferences/ seminars/ workshops and discussions organized by the Foundation are published in Education Tomorrow, a country-specific journal run by the Foundation.

Open Sources

The Open Sources Programme is a discussion platform for various socio-cultural themes, one theme/ case one day every week in different cultures, sub-cultures and trends, especially indigenous, round the world that began in 2013. A group of five knowledgeable elders/ sources come together to brainstorm, discuss or research on them, take minutes of the meetings and record the proceedings. The proceedings are transcribed, translated and gaps for further enquiry noted. Then they are published in book form.

The grand objective of the programme is to generate universal socio-cultural corpuses that are updatable and can reliably inform all aspects of modern scholarship with respect to those cultures/ sub-cultures/ trends under review.

Other than publication of books and booklets out of the proceedings, the Open Sources Programme also contributes significantly towards enriching Indigenouspedia (The Encyclopedia of Indigenous Cultures and Trends) managed by the Foundation.

The Open Sources Programme for Kenya (from Saturday 29 June 2013) is administered in collaboration with individual installations of Kenya National Library Services (KNLS) on case by case basis.

Vocational Education

The Foundation shall offer free/ affordable/ subsidized courses on Emerging Technological Solutions as Vocational Skills to every deserving student, especially school dropouts and other disadvantaged individuals/ groups in poor/ underprivileged sections of every country, on quality and sustainable bases.

The programme works on partnerships with existing vocational institutions all over the world and by direct administration of lectures and issuance of certificates electronically.

The idea is to rehabilitate individuals, enable them to study certain emerging technological solutions on traditional vocational courses (such as carpentry and joinery, welding and metal work, masonry and civil works, plumbing, agriculture, dressmaking and tailoring, leather work, among others) and talent-related opportunities in sport and music.

This will work best through establishment of special partnership with the industry, both by the Foundation and by the partner vocational schools, such that the vocational skills (academic concept) and industrial application of the skills (commercial concept) shall work side by side. For instance, carpentry and joinery course students will be paired with major furniture and fittings industry players. This shall enable the students to access knowledge and income/ wealth at the same time.