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On special request, the Institute conducts a five day workshop with a focus on Justice, Peace and reconciliation.

The program is run in the same mode as our one-credit programs that take place every month. During this workshop, students attend class every morning between 8.30 a.m and 12.00 p.m  and do field research every afternoon from 1.00 p.m to 4.00 p.m for the five days. The course is taught by an Africanist lecturer  from one of the local Universities.

Since the MIAS educational method is participatory combining classroom lectures with directed field research, a graduate field assistant is assigned to each student to facilitate the field research.

The program requires the following:

a) working  with a field assistant for the five days for a minimum of two hours per dayb) doing field research in all parts of the Nairobi area including the informal settlements (popularly referred to as slums)c) riding the local transportation systemd) writing a reflection paper of one and a half pages dailyf) attending all classesg) reading all materials required for the coursesh) putting aside medical and vacation needs, except in emergencyi) bypassing tourist places and sitesj) (For non-Africans) living in an African environment


  1. Adults: African and foreign engaged in pastoral, educational, medical and developmental projects.
  2. Students: African, Missionary and Foreign
  3. New and Returning foreign personnel living and working in Africa
  4. NGO and Diplomatic personnel both new and veterans
  5. Upgrading of registered MIAS students
  6. Business personnel- Africans and Non- Africans
  7. Overseas professionals, teachers and students engaged in short-term projects
  8. Visitors to Africa who seek more than a tourist experience

Course Description 

This course explores the concepts the concepts of human rights and peace within the concepts of human rights and peace within the context of African culture. By examining the depth and understanding of African value systems as they relate to the issues of peaceable resolution to conflicts, the course seeks to engage students in in-depth traditional African understanding of justice. This course shall expose the student to critical inquiry and reflection on certain specific cultural models in interrogating contemporary justice and peace discourse and peacemaking initiatives in the continent.  

Course Objectives 

The objectives of this course are as follows:  

  • Expose students to an in-depth understanding of the concept of conflicts and peace within the context of contemporary experience of living cultures in Africa. 

  • to enable students appreciate the deep African heritage on issues of justice, and peaceable co-existence within society. 

  • To find nexus between theoretical and practical aspects of African culture as they relate to peace building initiatives and justice discourse. 

  • Provide the environment for encounter and information gathering on African cultural values from knowledge derived through basic research and available literature. 

  • To explore the practical outcomes of reconciliation and peacemaking initiatives in the continent and how such have drawn or not drawn from the wealth of African heritage. 

The structure of the Course 

  • The concept of conflicts: causes and effects of armed conflicts, tensions and disputes. 

  • African responses to conflicts: Methods, mechanisms and values. 

  • The concept of justice: introduction; the place of justice in social order; theories of justice; distributive, restorative and corrective justice. 

  • Reconciliation from an African perspective: case studies i.e., the great lakes region, the Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia. 

  • The concept of leadership; African leadership structures; processes and mechanisms of leadership formation; values and norms of leadership.


The cost of the programs varies, depending on the number of participants enrolled for the program.  For the 2014/2015 Academic year, the tuition cost is as follows:

  • Minimum of three students:  Kshs 15,000/= per student
  • Four to six students:            Kshs. 13,000/= per student
  • Seven to nine students:        Kshs. 10,500/= per student
  • Ten to twelve students:        Kshs. 9,500/= per student
  • Thirteen to fifteen students:  Kshs. 9,000/= per student
  • Sixteen to eighteen students: Kshs. 8,500/= per student
  • Nineteen and over:              Kshs. 8,250/= per student

Note; payment can also be made in US dollars or Euros at the current exchange rate.

The tuition fee covers for the following:

  • Lecturers fee
  • Field assistants’ fees
  • Administrative costs
  • Lunch
  • Three of the recommended text books
  • Registration at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, USA

The tuition fee does not cater for:

  • Transport to and from Tangaza University College (or the venue where the course is being taught)
  • Board and Room
  • Transportation cost traveling to and from field research

… on the other programs continue to:

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