The main objective of this project is to set up a National Messengers of Peace Team, with relevant skills and clearly defined responsibilities to spearhead efforts to promote, monitor and support the growth of the Messengers of Peace Network in Kenya so as to inspire as many people as possible in the country to join and actively contribute in promoting peace and improving their communities through initiatives that address local needs
The projects will focus three critical areas namely:
Selection and Induction of the National Team: This will involve a call for applications limited to Scouts only from which five (5) volunteers will be selected based on the skills required and with due consideration of gender representation. The 5 volunteers will join the 2 National Youth Representatives to form a committee of 7. The team will then undergo an induction training to familiarize themselves with the overall framework of Messengers of Peace and their specific roles in the team
Design and Production of an Action Toolkit, Promotional Posters and Leaflets: An A4 size full colour poster and a two-sided A5 information leaflets shall be designed and minimal copies produced to help in promoting the initiative among the Scouts and other stakeholders. An abridged simple-to-use Messengers of Peace Community Action Toolkit shall also be developed. These designs shall be made available to individual Scout units for reproduction and use in their own activities.
National Messengers of Peace Dissemination Workshop: This will take place during the Annual Founders’ Day Camp in February 2014 where the National Team will employ their skills and knowledge to disseminate the initiative to the over five thousand Scouts who will be camping. This will also provide an opportunity for the Scouts to bring up creative ideas on how to effectively spread the initiative to as many people as possible and ways in which the Scouting movement can better engage in peace activities.
Additionally, the project will also:
1. Monitor the number of New Scouts Registered on the www.scout.org platform
2. Monitor the number of new Projects Created by Scouts and Registered on the Online Platform
3. Create New Partnerships to support Messenegers of Peace
4. Produce a video report on the project activities
The project targets Chipukizi, Mwamba and Jasiri Scouts whose ages range from 11 years to 26 years. These are age groups that are most vulnerable to manipulation towards incitement and violence. This project will give them an opportunity to not only understand the importance of peace but also take leadership and responsibility in guiding their peers in promoting peace in their schools, peer groups and local communities. They will also have an opportunity to express their views and feelings on how Scouting and young people can contribute to peace
Apart from working with the Scouts the project will also reach out to benefit non scouts from a wide cross section of society. Employing the use of peer education the Scouts will in turn reach out to their friends at schools, places of worship, clubs and in their neigbourhood. Additionally, the will also share the information with their families and relatives thus creating creating the ripple effect that is needed to ensure that the message of peace reaches out to as many people as possible, through the Scouts.