Dr. Evangeline Njoka, MBS officially opened the session on harmonization of the Commission’s human resource instruments that is currently taking place at Flamingo Resort, Mombasa. The exercise aims to align the institutional policies and includes the review of the current structures and functions to ensure they address new and emerging stakeholder needs. This is being undertaken in consultation with representatives from the State Corporations Advisory Committee (SCAC).
Kenya National Commission for UNESCO is an intellectual organization, capacity builder and clearing house for knowledge that is recognized as a standard setter that shares best global standards from the world. The Commission’s unique position facilitates the influencing of policy for informed and enhanced stakeholder participation. Hence, KNATCOM conducts policy driven research aimed at advising the Government on UNESCO’s five areas of competency namely education, natural science, social and human science, culture and information and communication.
The Commission has a regional and international mandate and works as a liaison office for coordinating the collaboration between agencies. Due to the Commission’s contribution, Kenya has benefitted through initiatives such as facilitating the ratification of conventions; listing of world heritage sites; celebration of diverse cultures through the national celebrations; establishment of over 900 UNESCO clubs in learning institutions; registered over 400 ASPnet schools; established UNESCO Chairs in universities; built the capacity of communities living in transition and buffer zones of the UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserves; built the capacity of communities of the Indian Ocean Coast on the use of ocean resources for sustainable development; and built the capacity of youth on mobile applications development among many other initiatives.
The review process will culminate in a new organizational structure and policy framework that will guide the Commission during the implementation of its new Strategic Plan 2019-2023.