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Civic Education Through Social Networks

In Kenya, civic education programs reached 4.5 million people in advance of the 2002 election.

 

From 2001 to 2002, more than 70 local NGOs fanned out across Kenya to conduct one of the biggest adult civic education efforts ever launched in a developing country. The NGOs held about 50,000 events to teach citizens about constitutional reform and the upcoming national democratic election, using formats ranging from lectures to puppet shows. By the 2002 election, the program had trained roughly 4.5 million people.

Steven Finkel, a professor of political science at the University of...


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