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PAR - Kenyatta University

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Contacts: 

Dr. Jackline Nyerere (nyerere.jackline@ku.ac.ke), the project lead in Kenya, for details on the ongoing project activities at Kenyatta University and in the country.

 

Dr. Salome Nyambura (nyambura.salome@ku.ac.ke), the Growing Leaders Programme course facilitator, to get more information on the review process to integrate climate change content in the course.

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Project Overview 

Kenyatta University Participatory Action Research Group (PARG) brings together stakeholders representing faculty, students, NGOs, IGOs and government agencies like the Ministry of Education, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) and the Kiambu County government. The KU PARG team has held a number of physical and virtual meetings to deliberate on possible interventions to support the university's role in climate action. During the consultative meetings, the members identified a number of actions that the university should undertake. The PARG group settled on a curriculum intervention due to its ability to impact students from various disciplines. The members recognise that mainstreaming climate change content plays a significant role in providing a basic understanding of the phenomenon to create widespread climate literacy.

KU PARG team settled on reviewing the Growing Leaders Programme, a certificate course offered to all final year students to incorporate content on climate change. The leadership module has been reviewed to include two topics - leadership and climate change and diversity and sustainable development. The KU PARG team envisages that the reviewed module will be offered in the next academic year starting September 2022. 

 

Besides the curriculum review, the PARG proposed complementary greening activities to be carried out under the proposed ‘Kenyatta University Green Education Hub.’ The green education hub will consolidate the numerous efforts carried out by the students’ clubs on the environment and climate change. Part of the activities that the hub will be involved in is research on university education and climate change; the housing of all climate change information related to the project, including videos, photographs, murals, dioramas and other relevant materials on environmental sustainability and climate change. This information will be used for teaching and learning purposes and wider dissemination. The hub will also coordinate climate change awareness activities through ‘green days’ to be marked every once a month, during which students will showcase their activities and create themed awareness on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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KU PARG meeting held on 2nd February 2022.

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KU PARG curriculum review technical team and greening activity committee during a workshop held on 22nd February 2022.

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