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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 future."

 - CAJ


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