Civic Education Network for Eastern and Southern Africa

The Resolution to set up CENESA was adopted at the Eastern African Civic Education Forum in Entebbe, Uganda. In the course of the Forum, it became evident that consistent connectivity between Eastern and Southern Africa was lacking. There was thus a need for a platform that enables civic education and youth empowerment organizations across the sub-continent to connect, collaborate and cooperate with each other. An Interim Steering Committee (ISC) was appointed to spearhead the creation and formalization of the Network. It is made up of representatives working on democracy and civic education in Malawi, South Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Uganda who double as the country-specific focal points. The ISC will be expanded to include other countries not represented within the region.

The Founding organizations are Burundi: Observatory of Government Action, Solidarity For Integrated Development- Jjuka (SDI); Kenya: URAIA Trust, Hanns Seidel Foundation, Well Told Story; Malawi: National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE); Rwanda: Human Rights First Rwanda, Association (HRRFRA), Governance for Africa; South Africa: Civics Academy; Tanzania: Youth Partnership Countrywide (YPC); Uganda: Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI), Uganda Youth Network (UYONET), the Founding Partners are: Network for Arab Civic Education (NACE) in Tunisia, German Federal Agency for Civic Education Events Dpt.

“I firmly believe that a strong regional network of personalities and associations active in the field will greatly benefit your cause.”

H.E. Petra Kochendörfer, German Deputy Ambassador to Uganda