Factors Influencing Civic Education Programmes On Voters’awareness In Kenya: A Case Of Ecumenical Civic Education Programmes In Nairobi County
The main purpose of this study was to establish factors influencing civic education programmes on voters’ awareness in Nairobi County. This was addressed by focusing on the study objectives thus investigating the influence of financial resources, trainers’skills, and IEBC policy on civic education programmes on the Voters awareness, in Nairobi County. Civic education and civic culture are vital components of a healthy democracy like Kenya. This study covers other scholars work on civic education, civic skills and knowledge. Further the study reviewed empirical studies on factors influencing civic education programme on voters awareness in Nairobi County and the classical theories of democracy. The research design was a descriptive survey method aimed at establishing factors influencing civic education programmer on votes awareness in Nairobi County. The target population were the employees from Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO), Ecumenical Civic Education Program (ECEP), National Muslim Civic Education Consortium (NAMCEC) and Consortium for Empowerment and Development of Marginalized Communities (CEDMAC). A sample of 10 respondents were picked from each organisation. Data was then analysed using descriptive analysis such as descriptive statistics mean scores and standard deviations, frequencies distributions and percentages. Findings are presented by use of tables and figures for clarity. Discussions, conclusion and recommendations were drawn from the study findings. The study is important as it will contribute to the generation of knowledge with regards to the civic education programmes on voters’ awareness in in Nairobi County. The study recommends that the government should take responsibility to ensure that its people are well informed on matters pertaining their daily lives which include people’s rights and responsibilities by providing enough resources that will enable effective training. Also the policies need to be re-looked at so that they can put more emphasis on civic education. The study therefore established how financial resources, trainers’ skills and how IEBC policies on civic education influence civic education programmes on Voters awareness in Nairobi County. The idea behind civic education is to promote the demand for good governance (i.e. an informed and engaged public), as necessary efforts aimed at improving the practice of good governance. Civic education has been used to address a wide range of political and governance issues like corruption, civic apathy or post-conflict reconciliation; as well as important social issues like domestic violence, drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.