Nairobi — The Paulines Publications Africa have launched a new series of books on Civic Education for Africa. The idea of publishing the books came up following a meeting of the daughters of St Paul, East Africa, South Sudan, Zambia, Nigeria, Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, Madagascar, Congo and Ivory Coast in 2012.
"We analyzed our current situation in Africa in order to see how to effectively contribute as a congregation to the moral and spiritual formation of our people in Africa," said Sr Millicent Omondi fsp
Sr Millicent was speaking on February 15 during the launch of the series at Gabriella house in Karen Nairobi.
The four books namely Democracy and Elections for Everyone, Human Rights for Everyone, Religion and Politics for Everyone and Economy and Finance for Everyone are based on the social teaching of the church in regards to Democracy, Human Rights, Religion and Politics and Economy and Finance.
Fr Patrick Ryan, an editor at Paulines Publications, noted that civic education has been a key factor in democratization of Kenya and must be an ongoing process as there are always new threats to democracy.
While launching the books the main speaker, Bishop emeritus Patrick Harrington of Lodwar diocese, noted that the books are relevant to many countries in Africa that are facing elections including Kenya.
According Sr Millicent, the books will later be late translated from English into major languages used in African countries including French, Portuguese and Swahili.