Mohamed urges Great Lakes to reform education
24 July 2014, 21:48
Nairobi - Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Cabinet Secretary, Amina Mohamed, has called on governments in the Great
Lakes Region to review education systems to ensure they equip the youth
with skills necessary for gainful employment.
The cabinet official noted that one of the major causes of
high unemployment in the Great Lakes region was the mismatch
between educational systems and the skills needed in the labor market.
This, she said, could only be corrected by ensuring the education
offered was relevant to the needs of the labour market.
"One of the key priorities for us today, therefore, is to rethink
our education systems," Mohammed said in Nairobi at the
International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Special Summit
on youth unemployment.
"In particular, we should, from early childhood education to
universities, endeavor to study approaches that have produced results in
other countries and benchmark our models against such best
practices," she said.
Moahamed further underlined the need to internationalize the
education curriculum without losing sight of the unique educational needs
of the region.
"Additionally, in an increasingly inter-connected world, we must
modernize and continually review our curriculum paying attention not only
to our unique needs as a region but also to the body of knowledge and
skills that will drive economies in the world now and in the foreseeable