Learning From Our Past: An Exploration of Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation in Kenya


Karen Murphy, Dylan Wray, and Clara Ramírez-Barat

This educational tool for educators and mentors is designed to help teach young people in Kenya about difficult periods in Kenyan history and foster discussion on issues of justice, democracy, leadership, and their role as Kenyan citizens. It uses thought-provoking discussion questions, accessible language, and colourful, expressive illustrations to engage readers (primarily aged 14-18) to think about the different challenges facing their country as they learn about the past. Unlike with most history textbooks, it encourages young people to explore their own roles in shaping society and consider how they can be agents of social change. History lessons are drawn directly from the work of Kenya’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission. The booklet was created by ICTJ, Facing History and Ourselves, and Shikaya.

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