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Vocational Schools

The Foundation shall offer free/affordable/ subsidized vocational education/ skills to school dropouts/ the disadvantaged on quality basis especially in rural/ less developed/ marginalized regions all over the world.

The idea is to rehabilitate individuals, enable them to study certain vocational courses (such as carpentry and joinery, welding and metal work, masonry and civil works, plumbing, agriculture, dressmaking and tailoring, leather work, among other) and talent-related opportunities in sport and music, assign them work, let them earn, and possibly spend the rest of their lives in the establishment. The concept is “REHABILITATE, STUDY, WORK, EARN, DIE”.

This works only if both vocational school (academic concept) and industries (commercial concept) are established side by side. For instance, carpentry and joinery course can be established alongside furniture and fittings industry. This shall enable the students to access knowledge and income/ wealth at the same time.

The registered name of the vocational schools in Kenya is Kipchumba Vocational Training Institute; with the first one based at Chepchoren – Kerio Valley/ Kerio River, border between Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties. But it has been affected by insecurity in that region from 2016. We shall re-open as soon as normalcy returns.

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 north western Kenya (from 2013) is administered at Kenya National Library Services – Lagam Community Library, Chesongoch, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Seminars/ Conferences/ Workshops/ Discussions

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 next forum is 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 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.