Kenya: Global Education Ministers Converge in Nairobi for Commonwealth Conference

Nairobi — Fifty-four education ministers are among key policy makers 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 organized by the government will be held under the theme “Rethinking Education for Innovation, Growth and Sustainability Post-Covid-19”.

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

Its main objective is to discuss the main education priorities within the 54 members of the Commonwealth, centered on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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

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