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Kenyan Bunge Book Launched in Nairobi, Kenya

SUNY/CID NEWS STORIES 2002

The first booklet for children on the Kenya Parliament (called Bunge in Kiswahili) was launched on July 30, 2002 by the Speaker of the Kenyan National Assembly, Hon. Francis Ole Kaparo; Kiert Toh (Director of USAID/Kenya); and John Johnson (Director of the State University of New York Parliamentary project in Kenya). The 31-page booklet, designed for school children, presents the history of Kenya's Parliament from the first meeting of the Legislative Council (LEGCO) in 1907 to the recent establishment of the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC). The book launch was held at Starehe Boys Center, a secondary school for Kenyan street boys founded 40 years ago. The Center has ranked highest of all Kenyan schools on the country's national examinations. . Each of the school's 1,200 students received a copy of the booklet. SUNY also released a similar booklet for adults called "Bunge: A House for All Kenyans".

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