The Strategic Plan 2016-2020
This plan provides a clear and focused direction for the Jesuit Hakimani Centre (JHC) for the five years 2016 to 2020. It marks a significant milestone in the life of JHC as it seeks to engage on issues of justice and peace with demonstrated service of faith in the six countries that make the Jesuit Eastern Africa Province (Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania, the Sudan and Uganda).
JHC’s overall goal during the plan period is “To promote human dignity and development for the marginalized and poor in the Region by contributing to the building and maintenance of just economic, social and political structures”.
The four strategic areas of focus that address the mission of JHC are:
- Social and Economic Justice for Young People in and out of School: The overall goal of Social and Economic Justice for Young People in and out of School is “To develop young people of integrity, who are creative and innovative, have an entrepreneurial spirit, participate in political and electoral processes in a responsible manner, and are role models in their homes, schools, work places and communities. The focus will be on young people in the 15-30 years age bracket”. JHC will pursue the following five objectives in this area: (a) Strengthen the resilience of young people to resist radicalization and avoid violence, (b) Facilitate activities that promote creation of gainful economic opportunities for young people out of school, (c) Advocate among policy makers for greater awareness on need to support youth from poor backgrounds, (d) Enhanced global interconnectivity, information sharing and broadening of knowledge among the youth, and (e)Facilitate global sharing and learning for young people in different parts of the world.
- Policy and Governance Environment that Supports Dignified Lives for Smallholder Farmers: The overall goal of Policy and Governance Environment that Supports Dignified Lives for Smallholder Farmers is “To contribute to the establishment of policy and governance environment that promote dignified lives for smallholder farmers and other vulnerable groups in selected areas”.The objective JHC will pursue in this area is to advocate for just local and global policies to protect small holder farmer
- Civic Engagement to Promote Good Governance Systems and Processes: The overall goal of Civic Engagement to Promote Good Governance Systems and Processes is “To contribute through civic knowledge and education to encourage citizen’s engagement with governance systems to promote integrity, transparency and accountability by elected leaders”.JHC will pursue the following three objectives in this area: (a) Strengthen the capacity of church leadership and select CSOs in each country in the region to engage in credible electoral processes, (b) Undertake advocacy on electoral integrity processes in the region, and (c) Promote effective public participation in governance processes.
- A Strong Jesuit Hakimani Centre with Capacity to Deliver on its Mandate: The overall goal of A Strong Jesuit Hakimani Centre with Capacity to Deliver on its Mandate is to “Establish JHC as an organization with a clear identity; strong governance, leadership and management structures and systems; and enhanced skills and competencies for it to effectively carry out its mandate”. JHC will pursue the following three objectives in this area: (a) Create a clear identity and focus for JHC, (b) Enhance the identity and focus of JHC in the Province (c) Create and strengthen governance and management systems and structures, and (d) Enhance the Position of JHC as a self-sustaining centre for advocacy.
The Desert Sailors Stage, Radio and TV productions group.
The productions feature not just the literature and Fasihi set books, but even more, aim to promote social and moral values as outlined in the schools syllabus. This combination of religious education and literature make our productions unique.
In Kenyan secondary schools there are worrying increases in riots, strikes and other forms of mass indiscipline. Such indiscipline takes the form of violent attacks by students on other students and even teachers, breaking school rules, chronic misbehaviors in classrooms, time wasting in lessons, challenges to the authority of teachers, disruption of students who are eager to learn, stealing, truancy, untidiness in school work, poor dressing habits, late coming to school and lessons, lying, bullying, gross insubordination, indecency, use of bad language among others. This culture of violence that may be extended to adulthood develops in learners who are constantly involved in acts of violence at school, which in turn hinders the development of a country. Between June and July 2008, approximately 300 secondary schools in Kenya went on strike (Juma, 2008) and the strikes were declared the worst ever to be witnessed in Kenya. In 2015 over 17 universities had been closed following strikes. Rioting students burnt at least 10 schools. As such, the security of the society is negatively affected because undisciplined learners who do not reform by the time they leave school can easily be recruited into criminal activities like carjacking or armed robberies and terrorism which have of late become rampant in Kenya. For the sake of the well-being of the learners and the society at large, it is important that violence in schools is minimized or stamped out altogether.
Pedagogically, the production program utilizes edutainment platforms. Some of the themes developed in the productions include:
- Cultural diversity: fighting tribalism and negative ethnicity
- Justice: types, principles and practice
- Human dignity: respecting others
- Happiness: the challenges of greed in a materialistic society
- Career development: developing self and society
- Participation: non-violence approaches to conflict in schools and beyond