Know Your World Initiative

This idea was born after the realization that the world, through globalization, has become more
connected, and interactions between people, between states and between organisations has increased.
Challenges have also emerged due to competition brought about by this trend. This initiative aims to
equip students early enough with information on international relations, and how to identify changes in the system and adapt to them. We also focus on improving awareness of current affairs, an all-inclusive scope in political, social and economic sectors.
The world is becoming a more intimate village and consequently the need to know and understand global affairs and how they affect the man on the street becomes
cardinal. CISA's capacity to carry out this project is driven by the quest to share and spread knowledge to the students so as bring up a young generation that is better
placed to create global and local sustainable and peaceful social, political and economic solutions.

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

Development objectives:
(a) Improve readership, writing and analytical skills in the young population
(b) Produce holistic, exposed and informed young population

Immediate Objectives:
(a) Improve International Relations Awareness and Careers
(b) Promote Cultural interactions
(c) Create leadership and mentorship Opportunities for Students

HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED

The objectives of the initiative were achieved through collaborative effort from various quarters. We engaged embassies and high commissions, who provided the cultural experience for the students, by being fully engaged in the initiative, and attending simulation sessions to provide a practical experience for the students learning about a country's political, social and economic status.
We were also able to meet our targets through liaising with various organizations, such as the SCOHRA society, Kenya Model United Nations (KMUN), among others, with whom we consulted on various issues, ranging from packaging complex international relations' concepts into digestible pieces of information for the students.

CAMPAIGN INNOVATIONS

1. The adoption of One School-One Term-One Embassy model of cultural orientation into different social, political and economic systems' practice around the world.
2. Use of real-life crisis happenings around the world, such as the immigration crisis, to conduct political, social and economic simulations with the students, to help in their critical thinking and analytical skills, crisis management skills and peaceful resolution of conflicts of global affairs skills.
3. Integration of cultural diplomacy and education, to bridge the world's cultural differences.

CAMPAIGN IMPACT

1. At the end of the pilot phase, Sept/ Dec 2015, questionnaires were administered to the students to establish whether their knowledge of global affairs had improved, and the results proved that there has been a significant improvement in the level of international affairs' awareness among adolescents in the schools participating in the initiative.
2. There were inter-cultural interactions between students of the KYWI, with dignitaries from the diplomatic community in Nairobi, and with citizens of countries the students had been learning about. This further helped the students to appreciate the different cultures, and the political, social and economic systems of countries other than their own.
3. Improved analytical skills on international issues, with the students able to question laws, policies and events happening in the international arena, and offering smart and practical solutions for global challenges.

CHALLENGES FACED

1. The initiative is fully dependent on volunteerism, therefore there is a lack of adequate human resources due to lack of incentive to work, in the form of monetary compensation, office space, transportation costs and administrative limitations.

LESSONS LEARNT

1. We have learned as an organization, that you do not have to be great to start something but you must start something in order to be great.
The initiative was established without start-up capital, and continues to operate due to the goodwill from foreign governments, individuals and corporate entities.
2. There is a gap in the knowledge of international affairs in the larger Kenyan population, which has in turn impacted negatively on the quality of governance, and generally, quality of life for the ordinary citizen.
3. We have also learnt that, in order for there to be sustainable peace & security, and development, we need to invest in the younger generation, who are more accommodating to the changing international system, and easily adapt to new concepts such as the LGBTI agenda, and other emerging issues in Africa and the world at large.