The part of the forum at the Moi Interational Sports Complex in Kasarani is now over. We engaged in a series of strategy meetings, culminating with a large Assembly of Social Movements in which we reported back to the entire group plans and strategies for action.
Due to popular protests, the forum gates were opened wide today. It changes quite dramatically the nature and flavor of the forum. The first day this seemed to be an overwhelmingly northern event. Now it is overwhelmingly Kenyan, with all sorts of vendors rushing in to try to sell things to the gringos.
Outside they are breaking everything down. Tomorrow there is a closing rally back in Uhuru park where we started. Here at Kasarani, there just seems to be a couple of crazy people pounding out stuff in the computer room.
It has seemed a bit boring to blog without pictures, but here are a couple that I was meaning to upload. Many events were held in sectioned off sections of the stadium seating, with tarps over for cover. (Hearing that we were going to be meeting in a stadium brought images to my mind of Chile's National Stadium after the coup.) The fixed seating is not very conducive to collaborative or innovative education or learning practices. The forum seems to have that problem.
I do have a bunch of hand written notes from meetings. If I have time and inspiration, I'll type them up to post (without pictures, of course...) to the NIGD website. This is part of our NIGD group, at a luncheon the first day of the forum.