The department implements various public awareness and sensitization programs with the aim of increasing human rights consciousness, interest and understanding by the public. These includes legal aid clinics, human rights clinics, public debates, sensitization forums and press releases in the media.
In line with the Commission’s mandate to provide leadership in moving the country towards a human rights state, the Public Education Department, has put in place deliberate measures to ensure no one is left out through the implementation of human rights/legal aid clinics targeting the grassroots population in their community settings. The human rights clinics are public forums on human rights awareness and complaint handling outreach forums targeting the general public at the grassroots levels especially in remote upcountry areas and deep in urban informal settlements. These clinics target the common underprivileged citizens in remote neighborhoods and villages who are often likely to be left out by the conventional programmes of the Commission considering the limited presence of the Commission with only 6 offices across the Country.
The Commission implements these public forums together with the Commission’s Complaints Referral Partners (State agencies and CSOs with complaints handling mandates) to ensure all human rights and related complaints are acted upon in the forum and by the relevant agency. Since 2016, the department has held human rights clinics in six counties namely; Nairobi, Meru, Nyeri, Nakuru, Makueni and most recently Muranga County reaching over 9000 people in 18 sub counties in the 6 counties above. It is noteworthy that the 5 regional offices of the Commission compliment the Public Education and Training department in implementing human rights clinics in their respective geographical jurisdiction. More human rights clinics have therefore been implemented at the regional offices.