Grace Wanja Kamau
Assistant Youth Programme, Scout
Grace Kamau currently works at the World Scout Bureau Africa Support Centre in the assistant youth programme, where she supports in implementation of the Better World framework.
These are global and regional programmes and initiatives in scouting that focus on community development. A key programme in this framework is the Dialogue for Peace Programme. The programme was developed in partnership with KAICIID to enable scouts to better understand the principles of dialogue and incorporate them in their daily lives and activities. Grace supports dialogue through training of scouts, engaging in community actions that promote dialogue and supporting and documenting community grassroots actions being done by scouts.
She has a bachelor’s degree in education from Kenyatta University. It was during her studies that she got involved in community work through her university scout group. Through it she pushed the efforts of the organization to counter radicalisation and violent extremism among the vulnerable youth in their communities. For her, the world in which we live is very diverse, and through dialogue, the sscouts learn to find similarities unnoticed before, and even come to respect and appreciate differences as a way of promoting cohesion.
Interreligious Activities and Initiatives
Setting the Journey to Dialogical Youth
In 2020, the project activities were halted by Covid-19, because it involved in-person meeting, which was banned by the government, and also being a staff in my organization, we were not allowed to participate in in-person events. So, in January 2021, we had two pre-visits, one virtual session, in-person training for the rehabilitation centre, and one session with the youths from the Slum(in formal) areas. The young people from the rehabilitation centre were allowed by the institution to me at Rowallan Scouts camp. The activity is one of the activities certified by the institution to aid in the reintegration programme to the students leaving the institution at the end of the year. Further One notable response is an invitation to run the awareness session on Inter-religious dialogue and tolerance in Kisii University in March 2021 for four days I supported the session virtually and had three Dialogue for Peace trainers who were present physically. The two of the trainers in this session are certified as Dialogue trainers by KAICIID and they trained 98 young people from the institution.