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Kenya National Commission for UNESCO and Mt Kenya University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The two institutions agreed to work collaboratively in the areas of; Youth empowerment, Information Communication Technology (ICT), science and technology promotion for sustainable development, Peace and security, environmental sustenance, research ,monitoring and evaluation.
At the signing ceremony Kenya National Commission for UNESCO was represented by Secretary General, Dr. Evangeline Njoka, who signed MOU with the MKU Vice Chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo. The MOU’s initiative will mainly be achieved through exchange of staff and sharing of other resources and capacity development. During the signing of the MOU the Secretary General, KNATCOM expressed her appreciation of the partnership with MKU. She took cognizance of the fact that the commission had worked with the University on other programmes including: the Setting up of a UNITWIN/UNESCO Chair of ICT in Education in Nakuru Campus and launch of Students’ Training Entrepreneurial Programme (STEP). Other initiatives that MKU has executed with the Commission are participation of students in UNESCO Youth activities and conferences, Digital Literacy for inmates in Naivasha maximum prison programme, conference co-hosting and MKU Faculty participation in KNATCOM Programmes and Expert Committees.
She stated that the signing of MOU signified a formal strategic collaboration and partnership between MKU and KNATCOM and KNATCOM was keen to see to it that the MOU was fully operationalized. On the other hand the Vice Chancellor of MKU recognized the collaboration and partnership that has been ongoing between MKU and KNATCOM. He pledged commitment to the implementation of the MOU as this would help expand and enhance the programmes in the University.
The Director of Field Support and Coordination at UNESCO Headquarters Mr. Axel Plathe, Paris, paid a courtesy call to Dr. Evangeline Njoka, MBS, Secretary General/CEO Kenya National Commission for UNESCO on 14th June 2017. Accompanying the Director was Ms. Louise-Agnès Mackongo, Liaison Officer UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa Nairobi.
A delegation from the UNESCO Headquarter, Paris paid a courtesy call to Dr. Evangeline Njoka, MBS, Secretary General Kenya National Commission for UNESCO on 15th May 2017. The delegation was comprised of Saehun Seol, Raymond Doherty, and Borhene Chakroun, Virginia from UNESCO regional office for Eastern Africa. The delegation also paid a coutasy call to the Principal Secretary - State Department of Basic Education Dr. Belio Kipsang, CBS.
The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) through its Education programme carried out a capacity building workshop on the role of Universities in the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The objectives of the workshop included; sensitize Universities role of in the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); assess integration of Targets of SDGs into Universities curricula; create synergy and strengthen communication, coordination and collaboration among Universities who have been conducting their activities on SDGs; and mitigate gaps in accessibility to latest information and knowledge on SDGs. The workshop targeted public and private Universities in Kenya and was officially opened by Prof. Collette Suda, PhD, FKNAS, CBS, Principal Secretary, University Education, Ministry of Education representing Dr. Fred Matiang’i, EGH, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education. The expected outcomes of the workshop are Universities to identify their leading roles in the realization of SDGs; Strategies to effectively achieve SDGs; Identify Challenges Universities may face in effecting SDGs and possible solutions; and Identify partnerships between Ministry of Education, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, KNATCOM, Commission for University Education (CUE), and Universities for the attainment of SDGs.
The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) through its Education programme is carrying out an induction capacity building workshop for Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) TVET Patrons to share historical background of ASPnet, to equip ASPnet patrons with skills, knowledge and attitude empowering them to manage ASPnet institutions, to assist ASPnet patrons identify appropriate activities and flagship projects for their schools and to create networking platform for ASPnet patrons.
Education is an essential tool for achieving sustainability. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) allows every person to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that are necessary to shape a sustainable future and requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and enhance competences for sustainable development. “Through Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4), Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) provides a cross cutting mechanism for the achievement of all the SDGS in Kenya. This is in line with Agenda 2063 of the African Union, which calls for action on catalysing education and skills revolution to build knowledge, human capital, capabilities and skills to drive innovations on the continent. The policy will enable the implementation of ESD across the education sector to enhance the attainment of SDGs by improving the quality education, building capacity at all levels, and enhancing public understanding and awareness of the sustainable development agenda. The 17 SDGs provide the wider context for further up scaling and mainstreaming ESD efforts in the Country”. (Dr. Fred Matiang’i EGH, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education) The launch brought together Education stakeholders such as The Ministry of Education, UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, KNATCOM, KICD and KNUT. The policy will help propel the Country towards vision 2030.
Kenya National Commission for UNESCO in partnership with Mount Kenya University visited Naivasha max prison on Saturday 18th 2017. Kenya National Commission for UNESCO in partnership with Mount Kenya University visited Naivasha max prison on Saturday 18th 2017. The objective of the visit was to evaluate the program of education that is conducted to the inmates to promote quality education. This programme involves training a cohort if inmates who will be teachers to the other inmates in both primary and secondary education subjects. The programme involves face to face interaction using point materials and digital content. The digital learning is conducted using tablets with a resident services. During the visit, KNATCOM through its corporate social responsibility donated a Digital Television set, DVD player, TV Aerial and digital content from Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). The officer in charge of the prison thanked the Secretary General KNATCOM Dr. Evangeline Njoka, MBS for the kind gesture and hoped that the partnership will grow and quality learning will be offered to the inmates. He cited that this programme has enabled the students score good grades and pursue courses such as engineering AT TH university level. Once they made it for the university entry, they are facilitated. MKU presented books, writing materials and bars of soap to the inmates. The inmate teachers were also taken through evaluation methods during the discussions. KNATCOM was represented by Dr Reuben Nthamburi Deputy Director Basic Education and Learning and James Gitahi ICT
On 22nd and 28th December 2016, the Commission was privileged to host the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Kenya H.E. Amb. Mahmoud Ali Talaat when he paid the Commission a courtesy call. The Ambassador met with the Secretary General Dr. Evangeline Njoka and the Board Chair Dr. Rashid Aman.
The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) through its Education programme is carrying out an induction capacity building workshop for Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) Patrons to share historical background of ASPnet, to equip ASPnet patrons with skills, knowledge and attitude empowering them to manage ASPnet institutions, to assist ASPnet patrons identify appropriate activities and flagship projects for their schools and to create networking platform for ASPnet patrons.
The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) through its Education programme carried out a capacity building workshop for the 47 County Directors in charge of Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE). The workshop was on Information Communication Technology (ICT) in ECDE to equip them with skills, knowledge and attitudes on ICT for effective curriculum delivery in Early Childhood Development Education and how to integrate ICT in ECDE for sustainable development. The workshop was held at Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education In Africa (CEMASTEA)
With an aim of empowering women in research with focus on “infectious diseases and women health” in Africa, Merck joined hands with UNESCO, African Union, Ethiopia Ministry of Health, University of Cambridge and Institute Pasteur International to empower Women in Research, build Research capacity in Francophone and Anglophone Africa with the aim to improve Women Health in the continent. The organization organized the 2nd UNESCO-Merck Africa Research Summit –MARS 2016 held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 28-29 November, 2016. KNATCOM participated in the summit Read More
The International Women’s Day is globally celebrated annually on 8th March. This year’s theme that has been designated by the United Nations is “Women in the changing World of work, Planet 50-50 by 2030” International Women’s day is a time to reflect on progress made, call for change and celebrate courage and determination of ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their communities. Download the SG Message
The 39th session of the UNESCO’s General Conference was held in November 2017 with the adoption of a series of programme and budget decisions, reaffirming the pertinence of the Organization to the challenges facing the world. The general conference is held after every two years.
During the session, the Organization’s Member States also elected Audrey Azoulay as the 11th Director-General of UNESCO.
Speaking of the pertinence of UNESCO’s mandate to foster solidarity and cooperation in education, the sciences, culture and communication during her investiture as Director-General, Ms Azoulay said that “facing the global challenges of today, against obscurantism and deadly oversimplification, we [UNESCO] hold the only sustainable and credible answer.”