In the Kenyan context, radicalization has evolved over time as a process by which a section of Kenyans, usually young people, are introduced to an overtly ideological message and belief system that encourages them to move from beliefs that are generally moderate and mainstream, towards very extreme views, which are violent in nature.
Countering Violent Extremism project is working with Communities and grassroot leaders to help identify and respond early to manifestations of violent extremism, working with mothers of current fighters and victims and promoting youth employment and education programs for former members of extremist groups. The project will also engage media to encourage programming that fosters tolerance and civic values;
Visiting Learning Institutions
visiting institutions of learning to create awareness on the dangers of radicalization
2015 when armed militants attacked Garissa University and killed 147 people, over 140 were university students. The attack was executed by people among them students who had undergone radicalization. Currently, teachers have deserted schools in the regions that are perceived to be sympathetic to the terrorist groups. It is therefore evident enough that the education sector is hard hit and an intervention has to be sought urgently. It is on this basis that IRPN seeks to work with likeminded partners to introduce an effective campaign against radicalization and acts of terror in secondary schools, universities and colleges in Kenya with net expected result of saving both quality of education and lives.
Countering Violent Extremism (Toa Sauti)
The Project will build resilience of vulnerable local communities against negative and radical narratives that lead to violent extremism. It will facilitate psycho-social rehabilitation of returnees who have been disengaged from violent extremism and assist in their reintegration into the society with the goal of making them become a great voice for countering radicalization among their communities. The Project will also support production of cutting edge and context based knowledge products radicalization and violent extremism to inform responsive CVE programming and policy options. The Project will target high-at-risk areas where communities are vulnerable to and are victims of violent extremism including the Northern Kenya border regions (Garissa, Mandera, and Wajir); the Coastline border region of Kenya (Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Lamu, Mombasa) and parts of Nairobi County. The Project three-part components of prevention awareness creation, returnees rehabilitation and research will be implemented in a complementary manner by collaborating partners.
In complementing the government’s effort on the war against violent extremism and youth radicalization IRPN is currently running a nationwide program dubbed ‘TOA SAUTI’ targeting the youth across the country TOA SAUTI