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According to the Kenya Ethnic and Race Relations Framework, the term ethnicism has negative connotations and is analogous to the equally negative term “racism.” Ethnicism refers to the practices of favouring individuals (if they belong to the “right” ethnic group) or discriminated against (if they belong to the “wrong” ethnic group) simply because of their ethnic or racial origin and without regard to merit. Ethnicism is most damaging when practised by people in power. In popular parlance “tribalism” is the term generally used to denote ethnicism. Negative ethnicity is also frequently used to replace "tribalism". Ethnicity cannot be negative or positive. Ethnicity is simply a form of identity and every human being adopts several identities
Mdahalo employs an accompaniment approach for educators teaching ethnic relations
Mdahalo strengthens inclusive educational institutions by:
- Supporting educators to teach ethnic relations through capacity building and joint engagement in research and action.
- Availing research findings on ethnic relations from other contexts and experiences.
- Creating platforms and learning materials on ethnic and race relations for educators.
- Implementing the seminal work Beyond Ethnicism: Exploring Ethnic and Racial Diversity for Educators in Schools, Colleges and Teacher Training Institutions.
- Supporting joint engagement for educators with policy makers on ethnic conflict transformation initiatives.
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Theory of Change
If educators and policy makers from different ethnic backgrounds come together on a regular basis and honestly discuss stereotypes, prejudices, discrimination, root causes of ethnic conflict and suggested solutions, over time, they will build trust, break down barriers, understand the value of pluralism as an ethic of respect for difference, thereby moving themselves and learners who would not normally interact across ethnic groups to constructive, pluralistic, collaborative action that leads to peaceful co-existence.