Kenya: Global Education Ministers Converge in Nairobi for Commonwealth Conference

Nairobi — Fifty-four education ministers are among key policy makers set to meet in Nairobi on Wednesday and Thursday next week for the 21st Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM).

A statement from the Ministry of Education said the high-level conference organized by the government will be held under the theme “Rethinking Education for Innovation, Growth and Sustainability Post-Covid-19”.

“Over the past two years, we have seen COVID-19 rob people around the world of their loved ones, their livelihoods and so many of the usual certainties and comforts of everyday life. Its impact on young people has been particularly painful with millions of students seeing their education disrupted – schools and universities have been closed and students have been forced to learn from home due to lockdown measures, which have also exacerbated existing inequalities, in particular among girls and marginalized communities,” Commonwealth Secretary General The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland said.

Its main objective is to discuss the main priorities in education within the 54 members of the Commonwealth, centered on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The conference will bring together ministers, senior officials, educators, development partners, civil society and policy makers to share knowledge and good practice in education as the world recovers from the devastating effects of the pandemic of COVID-19.

Participants will also identify areas for action and explore innovative approaches that can be adapted by member countries to develop sustainable and resilient education systems.

She stressed that the pandemic has already cost so much and that people must act now to stop it from suppressing the human right to education.

She further added that the theme for the 21st CCEM was timely and reminded everyone that now more than ever it is important for the Commonwealth family to come together to reassess the status quo and work towards building a more prosperous Commonwealth. and prosper for our young people. .

“To this end, the Secretariat will continue to work with member countries, stakeholders and partners, as part of its commitment to advancing Sustainable Development Goal 4 and strengthening education systems and policies in the entire Commonwealth. I commend the people and government of Kenya for their commitment to delivering a successful CCEM in Nairobi,” she said.

Incoming Chair of the Education Ministerial Action Group (EMAG) and Cabinet Secretary for Education, Professor George Magoha said it was high time to revive the education sector which had been all but paralyzed by the pandemic.

“Low-income countries have been particularly affected. With the future of our children and young people at stake, we must work together to build back better and refocus on investing in inclusive and equitable quality education. We must build resilient education systems that can address emerging issues and withstand future crises as part of measures to minimize and protect learning from disruption,” Magoha said.

For the first time, this year’s conference proceedings will adopt a hybrid format with ministers of education invited to attend the physical meeting in Nairobi, while those unable to travel to Kenya will participate virtually via a platform. in line.