Bridging Ages Kenya Launch

Bridging Ages Kenya was launched at fun filled a ceremony at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi on Tuesday the 8th of November 2016 at a function presided over by the Vice Chairperson of National Cohesion and Integration Commission , Mrs. Njeri Wanyoike and the Director General, National Museums of Kenya, who was represented by Alice Mwololo. The ceremony was witnessed by the Bridging Ages International presidency. The ceremony was also attended by members of Bridging Ages Kenya from the following chapters: Maseno University Chapter, Kenyatta University, National Museums of Kenya, Western Kenya, TICA youth and Marsabit County. During the occasion, Bridging Ages Kenya logo was unveiled. The elected officials to the Board of Management included Dr Mildred Ayere, president; Beatrice Okoth, secretary; Grace Mitambo, treasurer; and David Mbuthia, organizing secretary. Members of Bridging Ages Kenya and the public later engaged in a Time Travel event at Uhuru Gardens, a heritage site where the inaugural Independence Day celebration was conducted on 12th December 1963. The theme of this Time Travel was cohesion and integration. The activities included paining of the flag, the making of beads and a lot of cultural dances. The dreams and hopes for the Kenya were written in poems and illustrated in paintings. The key question was the hopes and dreams of the new country. What are our fears and threats? What unites us? This activity was very timely as it comes a few months before a general election next year that many fear may be marked by ethnic divisions and conflicts. Kenyans still freshly remember the post election violence of 2007/2008. The chief guest, the vice-chair from NCIC was so impressed with the Time Travel method that she urged members to embrace it by using more of the local history and heritage to gain understanding of current issues and to solve emerging problems for a more cohesive society. She applauded the National Museums of Kenya for being part of this innovative method. Jane, a teacher from Western Kenya, said that she would adopt the method to teach her students because “it makes learning history fun and memorable”. Kinuthia, a student from Uhuru Gardens Primary said that the event was “fun and I was free to participate in activities and learn the importance of unity”. Beatrice Okoth, secretary, Bridging Ages Kenya

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