School of External Studies and Continuing Education (SESCE)

VISION

A Globally Competitive Centre of Excellence in Capacity Building, Research, Innovation and Service in Elections, Democracy, Governance, Leadership Integrity, Social Justice and Human Rights

MISSION

To provide Quality Education and Capacities through Teaching and Training, Research and Innovation, Outreach Activities, Advocacy and Lobbying, Public Interests and Amicus Curiae Litigation and Judicial Review.

CORE VALUES

    Professionalism and Integrity,
    Commitment and Teamwork
    Accountability and Transparency
    Equality, Justice and Participation
    Freedom of Thought and Innovation
    Respect and Conservation of Environment
    Tolerance and inclusivity, (unity in diversity)

INTRODUCTION

The School of External Studies and Continuing Education (SESCE) was established in June 2011 as one of the independent schools of the South Eastern University College (SEKU). SESCE is based at the main campus of SEKU, at Kwa Vonza in Kitui County and will have a branch in Nairobi from January 2012 from where most of its short courses will be run and managed. SESCE initially focuses on running and managing independent short courses for itself and SEKU’s other schools.

The main activities of SESCE are research – both theoretical and empirical. Applied research will focus on informing public and influencing policy, law, institutional and systems reform. SESCE plans to establish a big research centre and facility to enable scholars and practitioners to utilise as visiting scholars and fellows – to conduct their individual research, which may be published by SESCE or by SEKU.

SESCE will teach and train fresh students and professionals on-job and on continuing education. These will include degree, diploma and short certificate courses. SESCE plans to seek approval to establish itself as a learning school/professional institution; able to require professionals in democracy (elections), governance and leadership integrity; to get annual credit points for continuing education in addition to annual certification, like other professional bodies. Applied and other research will also be disseminated through workshops and training programmes, which inform, educate and empower key stakeholders and citizens.

Capacity building and empowerment of political, community and civic leaders; strategic planning processes, political branding and profiling, etc.

SESCE is also planning outreach activities such as civic and voter education, seminars, conferences, consultative initiatives for itself and at the initiative of other government, private sector, community, civil society, political parties, parastatals and other non-state actors.

SESCE’s other activities include advocacy and lobbying work and where necessary public interests and amicus curiae litigation. Advocacy work will involve engaging government at all levels on public discourse and citizens participation in decisions and policy making; advocacy campaigns on issues of governance (national and county governments, assemblies and other relevant governance institutions) democracy, human rights, social justice, policy making, legal and institutional reforms, accountability, budgeting, resources allocation and utilisation. Other areas of advocacy and lobbying will include publication of journals/bulletins for opinion leadership, coordination of work, information/experience sharing and for solidarity purposes.

With the promulgation of Kenya’s new constitution (on 27 August 2010), a number of human rights issues and matters of interpretation will arise; SESCE will play the twin roles of amicus curiae and public interests litigation. In cases that relate generally to its areas of engagement, SESCE will appear as amicus curiae; while in other cases SESCE may be asked by the community, institutions, citizens and stakeholders, to lodge public interests cases – for example, on violation of rights, inadequate compensation for land acquired for mining purposes or sharing of national resources/opportunities, failure by county governments to deliver services to its consumers, resolution of disputes arising from exploitation, sharing and utilisation of mineral, water and natural resources within the county, copyright, patents and intellectual property, etc. SESCE will also seek judicial review and interpretation of the constitution or legislation.

SESCE plans to play a key role in the establishment of the SEKU School of Law that will focus itself on community empowerment and development, also specialising in emerging leadership, governance, integrity, justice, exploitation, sharing and utilisation of natural resources and management of county affairs, etc.

This will be in addition to the traditional legal instruction; but more dynamic and people centred; oriented to realise such goals as the Vision 2030 and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); – it will be oriented to inform (educate), engage (people-centred) and deliver (results-based/focused).

The curriculum for SESCE will be broadly based on;

a). The Constitution of Kenya, 2010 (and related laws) as far as governance: sharing, management, utilisation, and accounting of public offices and resources; human rights; justice; gender issues;

b). Elections and Democracy – based upon the BRIDGE Curriculum and methodology – aimed at continuing education of professionals in elections, democracy and governance. BRIDGE means Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections,

c). University law and applied research curriculum.

Ms.Koki Muli is the Director of School of External Studies and Continuing Education(SESCE). She is a constitutional and elections expert. She studied in University of Nairobi, Kenya School of Law, University of London. She has also attended Oxford University, UK and Columbia University, SIPA in New York. She is an advocate and certified public secretary of Kenya.

CONTACTS

Director,

School of External Studies and Continuing Education,

South Eastern Kenya University(SEKU)

P.O.BOX 170-90200,

KITUI.

Telephone: Land Line : +254-20-2413859, Cell Phone : +254-716962770, +254-736116989

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