The Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Dr. Fred Matiang’i arrived in London on a four day official visit to attend the Education World Forum (EWF) 2016 and the Commonwealth Education Ministers’ Action Group (CEMAG). Accompanying the Cabinet Secretary were various senior Ministerial officials among the Mrs Leah Rotich, Director General, Education, Dr. Julius Jwan, CEO Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD), Mr. Pius Mutisya, Ag. CEO Education Standards and Quality Assurance Commission (ESQAC), Dr. Samuel Siringi, Senior Research and Communication Officer/Adviser.
The High Commissioner H.E. Lazarus Amayo had met with the Cabinet Secretary, joining him and his delegates on the first day of the Education World Forum. He was accompanied by the Education Counsellor Mrs Margaret Lesuuda who had briefed the CS on various collaborative program opportunities that Kenya could do with the United Kingdom specifically in the area of Scholarships, Research and Knowledge Transfer such as the Newton Fund which was negotiated through DFID and of which the Cabinet Secretary promised urgent action.
The Education World Forum takes place from 17 to 20 January 2016. The event is designed to provide an invaluable opportunity to engage in stimulating discussion and exchanges with fellow ministers and experts and to benchmark and share national policies and practices with peer countries.
The Cabinet Secretary joined a panel discussion at the Forum, leading discussions on the Effective use of technology in Education.
Commonwealth Education Ministers’ Action Group (CEMAG)
Kenya is among a ten member group that will sit on the CEMAG to discuss the NASSAU declaration ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Education Ministers, Conference 20th (CCEM).
Kenya will be expected to tender its appreciation for three strategic positions currently held by Kenya in the Commonwealth and/or its affiliate organizations. The Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, Prof. Kiamba has been picked this year as chair for Commonwealth scholarships and Fellowships Programs (CSFP) while Prof. Olive Mugenda is the Chair of Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).
The Cabinet Secretary also held a breakfast meeting with Mr. Tony Reily, British Council Country Director (Kenya) and Dr. Jwan (KICD). Top on the agenda was the DFID Funded Projects in Kenya and how Kenya could lobby for further funding. The CS was later interviewed by DFID on Educational Reforms.
During the official Government Reception held at Lancaster House, The Cabinet Secretary and High Commissioner met with the Secretary of DFID Rt.HON. Justin Greening who promised to visit Kenya in the near future.