By Rosaline Serem
The core vision of Shalom Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is having a society where peace, social justice and reconciliation can prevail throughout Africa. One of the missions aimed at achieving this Vision is through the training of leaders and opinion shapers from both sides of conflict and teaching them analytical skills to assess the problem and the peace building tools required to address it. Closely tied to this is targeting the educational and developmental aspect in society.
Parents all over want a better future for their children and education forms the base on which a more peaceful future is formed. Shalom helps to form inter‐ethnic schools in order to bring families from opposing groups together in order to generate conversations and cooperation between them. Investing in the future, raising school enrollment and retention rates, supporting schools’ infrastructure and equipment and aligning to the vision 2030 of the country are just some of the reasons why Shalom does educational and developmental projects. Some of the ways Shalom Conflict Center supports education and development in communities include: providing on solar lighting and water projects, as well as famine relief and medial projects and supplying construction material, furniture and books for schools.
As board member and head of logistics and educational development programs at Shalom, I had the pleasure of representing the organization in a one-day meeting in Nakuru County between the Teachers Association of Schools, teachers and some politicians on initiating school projects. The purpose of the meeting was for their local Member of Parliament to evaluate ongoing educational projects and to get updates from school representatives on the needs of schools, students and the community in the Rongai area pertaining to Education.
Hon. Raymond Moi, Rongai M.P and his wife, Mrs. Susan Moi attended the meetings as well as 38 heads of schools. Shalom has since been receiving various applications from the schools and intends on facilitating Educational and Development infrastructure in line with Peace and conflict management in Multi Ethnic schools in Nakuru County, majority of which are rural schools.