Kenya to host global forum on education in East Africa
08 June 2015, 12:08
Nairobi - Education experts and practitioners across the world
are due to meet in Nairobi from Monday for a three-day conference to
discuss investments on education in East Africa.
The forum, which will be led by Informa Plc, the largest publicly
owned exhibitions and training provider in the world, will also explore
how increased investment from the private sector can improve education
delivery across in the region.
Speaking ahead of the forum, Kenya's former Permanent Secretary for
Education, George Godia, lauded the forum, and argued that education
sector within East Africa Community (EAC) has been neglected.
"Across EAC, teachers, pupil and all education stakeholders are not
taken seriously, hence the perennial disagreement between the ruling
governments. I am excited that we are hosting a global forum, which will
support our ailing education sector," Godia said in a statement
received on Sunday.
"I am convinced that the forum deliberations will be implemented to
promote the sectors growth," Godia said of the event, which will gather
leading Kenyan and African policymakers and educators together with the
best of regional and international investors, entrepreneurs and
Discussions will explore how greater engagement with the private and
non-state sectors can help deliver each of these important goals.
"As a commitment to improving the quality of teaching and providing
teachers with innovative teaching strategies, the event will feature
free seminars for school, college and university teachers to learn how
to better integrate technologies into the classroom to improve learning
outcomes," said the statement.
The forum titled, Education Innovation Africa, will feature a
conference, exhibition and workshops. It will focus on how the private
sector can help deliver national and regional education plans, by
providing financing, improving infrastructure, investing in new
education models and also by providing innovative low-cost technology
Lydia Fowler, Event Director at Informa Plc, said the event will
showcase the significant work already underway across Kenya and the East
African community in improving education delivery through innovative
partnerships, strategies and technologies.
"It will highlight how increased collaboration between government,
private and social investors can help to meet domestic and regional
education goals, and facilitate the creation of new programs that will
improve educational attainment across East Africa," Fowler added.
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