About this book
The Citizen Handbook intends to provide useful information to anyone seeking to learn about civic education. This includes critical provisions of the Constitution, the devolved system of government and the concept of and tools for active citizen participation.
The handbook starts every chapter and section by identifying some important issues the reader expects to learn and then provides basic content on the topic. Most of the content is fact-based and primarily drawn from the constitution, existing laws, and other authoritative literature. Often paired with the factual content are reflections on how a person may use the information to impact the political and social areas of their lives.
The section on devolution addresses the technical and practical aspects of devolved governance and the devolution process established in the constitution. It also outlines the structure of the country’s devolved system of government and transitional laws that support implementing the devolution process in accordance with the constitution. The reader will need to pay close attention to newly established government structures at the county level, which will replace local authorities currently responsible for governance and service delivery in local communities. They will also need to think about the new ways in which they will interact with their new county government.
The section on citizen participation is elaborate and mostly takes an interactive approach. The section intends to empower the reader’s interaction with their constitution and government. Specifically, it seeks to improve the reader’s understanding of public participation principles and values in the Constitution. It also provides the reader with useful tools to improve their civic engagement. The tools incorporate practical realities of different geographical and social settings, and help the reader identify how he/she can best educate or influence others in their community.Finally, this handbook is most effective when used with the voter education curriculum developed by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). IRI and Uraia recommend that users of this civic education resource also use IEBC voter education material as the primary source for to prepare voters for general elections scheduled for 2013.