Kenya joined global leaders in making a commitment on achievement of SDG 4 by the year 2030 during the Global Education Meeting which was held in Brussels from 3rd to 5th December, 2018. The Kenyan delegation which was led by the Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education and Research under the Ministry of Education, Prof. Collette A. Suda, PhD, FKNAS, CBS committed to:
- reaffirm the right to inclusive quality education and the fundamental role of education, training, lifelong learning, higher education and research as key drivers for sustainable development, including for climate change adaptation and mitigation, and call for strengthened collective action on SDG4 within the 2030 Agenda.
- eradicate illiteracy through formal and non-formal education and training.
- institute and strengthen legislation, policy measures and strategic approaches to make education and training systems more equitable and inclusive “leaving no one behind”, including in contexts of protracted crises and humanitarian emergencies.
- include migrants, displaced persons and refugees in our education and training systems and to facilitate the recognition of their qualifications, skills, and competencies, in line with national legislation and international agreements.
- quality gender-responsive education and training to achieve the empowerment of all women and girls.
- strengthen education for global citizenship and for sustainable development to promote values of respect for life, dignity and cultural diversity and contribute to social cohesion, democracy, peace and social justice and to improving the accountability of education as a public good.
- open, flexible and responsive education and training systems that support the development of a broader range of knowledge, skills and competencies, from early childhood to adulthood, to contribute to sustainable, peaceful, inclusive and just societies, and to engage in decent work in rapidly changing labor markets.
- ensure publicly funded, relevant initial and continuous professional development, and appropriate recruitment processes, decent working conditions, professional autonomy and career pathways for teachers, educators, trainers and school leaders.
- strengthen domestic resource mobilization and increased international cooperation, solidarity and aid to improve education quality, equity and inclusion, while prioritizing resources to those most in need, including in contexts of protracted crises.