EDEB

Electoral Democratic Education Body

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Introduction

Theories of voting relate to every problem of the relation between voters, leaders and among voters themselves. While theories of democracy relate clearly to the connection between established and hidden forms of social and political power. The intersection between the system of democratic representation and participation of the political administrative organization of public governance (in this case-the school) and with the political party systems. The EDEB is out to revolutionize the democratic systems alongside globalization and dynamics of voting cultures.

Objectives

  • Importance of voting and attainance of democracy.
  • Expression of freedom of choice.
  • Educating and creating awareness on importance of democracy from the grass roots.
  • Gender equality.
  • Democratized schooling and collaborate governance.
  • Sensitization of positive peace.
  • Policies of demonstration.
  • Mentorship of leadership.
  • Influence future policies. (SDG’s)

Primary activities

  • Approaching primary and secondary schools.
  • Fostering partnerships with relevant bodies.
  • Targeting youth community based organizations.
  • Creating awareness campaigns.
  • Carrying out related calendar events.

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LEADERSHIP

(These notes can be used as facilitator guide)

The theme and approach of the session are anchored on establishing levels of exposure of the attendees, education levels and general response.  To this end a combination of training and facilitation will be applied for this first module on leadership. Active participation and direct engagement is encouraged.

  1. ICE BREAKER:

The EDEB Team made the introductions as well as shedding light on run of events for the day to the attendees followed by general introductions of all attendees.

  1. SETTING THE STAGE:

Subsequently, the attendees will now easily discuss actions they have taken individually leading to their being present at the workshop.

Actions:  Tell me about your morning, that is, from when you opened your eyes to this point that you find yourselves seated here.

This is supposed to elucidate conscious actions taken individually by the delegates.

Decisions:  Tell me about your morning, that is, from when you opened your eyes to this point that you find yourself seated here.  What did you do in order of priority or systematically?

Interesting responses will come through like I just came here didn’t have anything else to do, I reached for my phone and was on it for 20 minutes, I went to the bathroom etc.

This can be reinforced through the following questions randomly and alternately to spark further interest and are thought provoking e.g.

  1. a) Why are you’re here? b) How did you get here? (Different choices and decisions taken for transportation) c) What is your expectation from this workshop?

The Big Question therefore is:

Are you a LEADER?

Expected response should be a resounding yes, given the set stage, nonetheless,  this may not happen and therefore, the aspect of leading themselves from when they are at home taking

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different actions, making choices and decisions right from when they are awake positions them as LEADERS first and foremost of themselves.

  1. LEADER/LEADERSHIP:

Ask the delegates to give descriptions of who a leader is…….you may ground the discussion after about 1 minute from sentences to the use of one word descriptions.  Subsequently, lead the conversation into what leadership therefore is in both Kiswahili and English to accommodate the diverse attendees. Examples would include words like, responsibility, majukumu etc.

The discussion wrapped up with the following 2 bullet points noted down for further reflection:

A leader is:

An individual influence in whatever area you are in.  Circumstances cannot define you as a leader.

 

  1. ROLE MODELS:

 

To introduce the aspect of those role models that the attendees admire, look up to, or aspire to be like, ask them to identify or mention MCAs (Members of County Assembly) or Governors in the various counties and more particularly those they are not familiar with or come from.  This can be achieved by randomly asking but switching them round. The expected response is a struggle in bringing out names from less popular counties and there may be a debate; this shouldn’t take beyond 1 minute as it is aimed at challenging the delegates to realize that they are also important and can leave an individual mark.

 

They can then be asked the questions:    Who knows you? What are you known for?

This will set the stage where the delegates bring out qualities they find attractive in those they aspire to be like or in themselves.

  1. OUR CELEBRITIES/INFLUENTIAL LEADERS LOCALLY:

Ask the delegates to mention those they admire generally, and likely most answers that come through will be internationally celebrated personalities and rarely local.  Allow about a minute for volunteers to bring out these names, and what they are famous for, they also must support their choice of celebrity/leader e.g. Will Smith who is an actor, for his humility and connecting with people.

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To ground the discussions now ask them to mention local leaders they look up to.  You may find that these are not quickly forthcoming and therefore, encourage participation by giving suggestions from varied sectors or walks of life e.g. Catherine Ndereba, Manu Chandaria, Tabitha Karanja, among others.  Some blank responses may come through and interesting ones.

Homework No.1:

Asked to observe our country and identify a role model/ leader they admire and look up to and why.

  1. BEING A BRAND:

The earlier discussions then set the stage to introduce the principle of attendees viewing themselves as individual and unique brands in their personal capacities.  To ground this engage them on popular household brands like cooking fat or bread and bring out different reactions of why their specific preferences for one instead of another.  Responses may sound like, sweet, soft, aroma, good quantities etc. depending on the specific retail product being compared.

To bring the point home after the animated discussions on the products on sale ask the delegates to imagine themselves as those commodities and if they think they would be passed up or go past their sell by date even with a sale or they would be popular and the preferred choice  by everyone.

Homework No.2:

Asked to carry out some retrospection on themselves and identify those strengths and special qualities about themselves individually that would make them admirable or preferred.

  1. SOME OF THE GOOD QUALITIES OF A PERSONAL BRAND:

 

Linking now back to earlier discussions on qualities of a leader and followed by those role models that are most admired an examination of these and what they mean e.g. Honest, Courageous, Focused, and  Competent among others.

 

To finally ground these qualities of leadership in a unique brand that is themselves as individual leaders, ask the important question:   Who Is in Charge?

 

Allow for the varied responses, but the expected based on impartations having happened to this point, should be themselves or a resounding “me”!

 

Ask the delegates to then reflect back to initial conversations on what actions and choices they took from the moment they were awake up to the point they arrived at the workshop.

 

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Take the opportunity to now reinforce the learning that they are in charge, are the leaders in their own space and right.  Also that they are individual brands.

 

  1. AWARENESS:

Having embraced themselves as leaders, ask the delegates to think through their immediate environments and if there are things they are not particularly happy about.  Situations which they believe they would like to see changed.

Allow some all-round participation as much as possible, then further to this, ask them to focus on those things they feel they have control over.

Homework No.3:

Asked to carry out research and observations individually to identify a single area they are most passionate about changing in their environment.

 

To support the above there are 2 parting shots in form of quotes:

 

  1. “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing the small things, so that all the small things can go in the right direction.”

Alvin Toffler

 

  1. “Stay away from negative people.  They have a problem for every solution.”

Albert Einstein

 

 

Prepared EDEB by:

Nabalayo Wanyela Executive Director Serviquette Limited

 

 

 

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