Birth registration and registration of persons in general hugely affect children as they get affected when their parents lack registration documents as it makes the child not able to apply for registration documents and this can render them stateless. The Nubian Rights Forum identified that all interventions in the country in terms of birth registration and other forms of national registration campaigns never gave audience to the children’s voices. There was a need to amplify these voices as well as empowering them on the importance of documentation and how they can pass the message to their parents.
In October 2016, NRF carried out the first citizenship inter-school competition for schools within Kibra. This competition aimed at empowering students on citizenship knowledge. This competition targeted both primary and secondary schools. The main tools of conveying the message were through inter-school debates and a creative writing and drawing competition that provoked thinking and research by the young minds. The school empowerment program was carried out in both primary and secondary schools, in the primary schools, NRF focused on classes 6 and 7 while the secondary schools involved all classes from Form 1 to 4.
This project highly depended on the NRF citizenship paralegals who took the students through weeks of intensive review of the basic laws on nationality and Chapter Three of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. These sessions gave the students the basic knowledge of the nationality laws as a foundation of more research on statelessness on the side of the students. The students were also given copies of the Constitution to act as a point of reference for the competition.