Local Community Mobilization And Training

This is where the active Participation of the Community Based Organizations and all stake holders involved in IKACAN are needed.  The work of the well networked grassroots based CBOs is to mobilize the public of the county of project implementation to participate in the training. This is done with one or two CBOs bringing in Volunteers to specifically pick the public that should go for the specific training. The balance of this population is most critical with women, the youth and vulnerable minority groups participating.

Summarized Training Schedule

  • Conducted at either American Public Spaces, church premises, local college or high school within a county.
  • Eight groups of between 50 to 100 participants each will be trained in different halls at the same time.
  • Done in 8 weeks with one trainer tackling one subject with one group each week.
  • At the end of the 8th week, the media based live public forum is held where a select of the trained ones participate in a conversation with county leadership.
  • At least 20 people will be picked up from each of the 8 groups to participate in the live broadcast forum.

Trainers include, depending on availability, either of the following

  1. Public Policy Experts
  2. Civil Servants
  3. Human Rights Activists or Lawyers
  4. Heads of Community Based Organizations
  5. Established first World Democratic Nations Diplomatic Speakers and Accountability Experts or International NGO representatives.
  6. United States Government funded alumni with proven experience in viral trends in business, marketing, and human behavior.
  7. Experienced Independent Journalists or Communication Consultants
  8. Established Artists using art for social change

The Participants in the training include

  • At least 500 at risk or vulnerable youth
  • Local Emerging Artists
  • Women, especially the ones that lead chamas
  • Vulnerable minority groups

The skills learned will include but not limited to

  1. Understanding accountability at personal, local and national level.
  2. Understanding the basic structure of governance (understanding who is responsible for what, key actors to hold accountable).
  3. Understanding local and International Partners and resources that support accountability and social change efforts. For example United States Government sponsored programs and the American Spaces network in Kenya.
  4. Forums for expression and acquisition of government information.
  5. Use of Broadcast Media as a tool for social change.
  6. Use of Online Media and Messaging as a tool for social change.
  7. Using appropriate forms of art for social change.
  8. Writing for a purpose and Understanding the power of context.

Participants will use the skills learnt to do the following

  • Actively and relevantly participate in the live broadcast media forum, driving the conversation towards accountability and ending corruption and nepotism.
  • Create shareable content capable of helping beneficiaries to visualize real benefits of accountability in their daily lives (health, security, economic inclusiveness, human rights).
  • Create shareable content that will inspire the public to appreciate that they too have power, role and authority to help create a culture of accountability.