The Regional Partnership for Resource Development (REPARED) was founded in 1993 with the overall vision of building peace, stability and democracy in Africa. It aims in particular to help poorer people participate in, influence and hold acountable the state and non-state organisations which affect their lives. It works principally in the education sector.
Education for peace
REPARED works to share knowledge and exchange information and experiences throughout the Rift Valley region of Kenya. It runs training, educational, research, advocacy and lobbying activities to help deal with the legacy of electoral violence.
REPARED's main focus is on schools, children and young people. It works to promote understanding of non-violent conflict dispute resolution methods from an early age.
Teachers who have been affected in the past by violence, especially from the districts around Nakuru, have been trained to pass on knowledge and skills in mediation and conflict resolution. They have also started anti-bullying, cooperative discipline and tolerance campaigns.
Hillcrest Secondary School, Nakuru
The Hillcrest Secondary School in Nakuru is a good example of the work REPARED undertakes. The school uses education to help prevent violence. A peace club initiative has been established and a school counsellor trained. The school has also established parents' programmes, in order to take a whole-family approach to preventing violence.