Kenya: Global Education Ministers to Converge in Nairobi for Commonwealth Conference

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Nairobi — Fifty-four Education Ministers are among top policymakers expected to gather in Nairobi on Wednesday and Thursday next week for the 21st Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM).

A statement from the Ministry of Education said the high-level conference hosted by the Government will take place under the theme, ‘Rethinking Education for Innovation, Growth and Sustainability post-Covid-19’.

“Over the last two years, we have seen COVID-19 rob people around the world of their loved ones, livelihoods and so many of the usual certainties and comforts of everyday life. Its impact on young people has been especially distressing with millions of students seeing their education disrupted – schools and universities were closed, and students were forced to learn from home as a result of lockdown measures, which have also further exacerbated existing inequalities, especially among girls and marginalized communities,” The Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland stated.

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Its main objective is to discuss key education priorities within the 54-member Commonwealth geared towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The conference will bring together ministers, senior government officials, educators, development partners, civil society, and policymakers to share knowledge and good practices in education as the world recovers from the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants will also identify areas of action and explore innovative approaches that can be adapted by member countries to develop sustainable and resilient education systems.