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Prof Kaimenyi calls for peaceful students’ election after Maseno University deaths

15 October 2015, 08:18 PSCU

Nairobi - Cabinet Secretary for Ministry Of Education, Prof Jacob Kaimenyi has condemned the killing of two students in Maseno University over election-related violence.  He appealed to students to ensure that they conducted themselves peacefully, saying elections are not about violence.

Prof. Kaimenyi also appealed to university vice-chancellors of universities to ensure that election of students’ leaders were free and fair.

He said he had received reports to the effect that some vice chancellors sought to influence the election of student leaders who were loyal to them instead of those who were freely elected by the students.

The Cabinet Secretary spoke today during the launch of Kenya Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (KEFUCA) at Associations at Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS).

UNESCO clubs are a global movement that fosters partnerships within communities and civil society with the aim of promoting and sharing UNESCO’s ideals of peace, intercultural dialogue, eradication of poverty and sustainable development.

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President of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and associations, Mr Dhirendra Bhatnagar, said the world faced challenges ranging from changing technologies, climate change, natural disasters and diseases. “We have to work together in peace and harmony in order to overcome the challenges,” Mr Bhatnagar noted

He said members of UNESCO peace clubs were committed to building peace and harmony. He however said active membership would enable the clubs to be strong and influential wherever they are.  The clubs consist of groups of volunteers of all ages and socio-professional status who advocate UNESCO ideals. UNESCO Clubs support UNESCO priorities by using community experiences, skills and outlook to foster peace.

The first UNESCO Club was set up in Japan in 1947 after the end of the 2nd World War. It was created as an initiative of the local people to build and foster peace and development.  Each of the 47 counties was represented during the launch. The participants comprised County Directors of Education, Head teachers, patrons, UNESCO Clubs County leaders and various individuals and agencies involved in peace building and sustainable development.

Other speakers during the launch included Acting Education Secretary, Mrs. Leah Rotich, U.S Federation of UNESCO Clubs Centers and Associations, Mr Guy Djoken, CEO, National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Mr Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, and Secretary General, Kenya National Commission for UNESCO, Dr Evangeline Njoka among others.

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