- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Kenya
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: August
- Session Length: Two Weeks
- Entering Grade: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Selective: No
- Ages: 16, 17, 18, 19
- Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
DeConstructing Narratives is the UWC Kenya Short Course set to take place in Nairobi, Kenya in August 2020. It will bring together participants aged 16-19 and 16 facilitators from Kenya, East Africa and the rest of the world.
The world is not black and white. Unfortunately, many issues and problems in our world are treated as such. This lack of critical understanding is increasing intolerance and further entrenching oppressive power structures. This is preventing us from having the discourse needed to solve some of the most pressing issues of our era. Given the rapid changes our world is undergoing, there is an increasing need to critically engage with narratives and not arbitrarily declare them as either fact or fiction. DeConstructing Narratives is the UWC Kenya Short Course set to take place in Nairobi, Kenya in August 2020. It will bring together 50 participants aged 16-19 and 16 facilitators from Kenya, East Africa and the rest of the world. The course will give participants a space to confront, with critical understanding, the narratives that shape our world today and learn how to influence the agenda moving forward. This means, understanding narratives beyond what is seen on the surface, extracting their underlying assumptions, examining their function within a potential overarching agenda and understanding their role in deconstructing them. The short course will explore narratives relating to 3 main thematic areas; identity, governance & development, and sustainability. Alongside the process of deconstructing narratives is the process of constructing narratives in which participants will construct world views that do justice to the complexities of our world. The short course employs the experiential learning model; hence participants will engage with material in an informal learning setting. This includes workshops, simulations, excursions, guest speakers, self-led initiatives etc. Kenya provides a unique context to explore the theme of this short course given its complexities as a developing nation on matters related to economics, politics, post-colonialism, and governance among many others. This, coupled with being in a community of young people which is socioeconomically, geographically, and ideologically diverse, and a team of facilitators passionate about the topic, creates an environment in which participants are fully immersed in DeConstructing Narratives. The short course aims to empower young people to not be complacent with the status quo and become agents of change in their lives after the course. Participants will leave the short course with a heightened level of critical understanding and a more nuanced world view. This course will support participants with the tools to translate the short course experience into tangible action in their communities and in areas that they feel most passionate about.