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Education continues to be the cornerstone of IGAD’s regional integration agenda – Kenya

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September 28, 2022 (MACHAKOS, Kenya): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), GIZ and the Government of Kenya (Ministry of Education) held a two-day consultation meeting on the Costed Action Plan Kenya National Education Response for the Implementation of the Djibouti Declaration on Education for Refugees, Returnees and Host Communities, today in Machakos, Kenya.

The objective of the two-day national consultation workshop is to review Kenya’s costed national response plan for inclusive education, including exchanging views and practices with partners, agreeing on a timeline for the final costed plan and to develop a roadmap for the implementation of the plan with all necessary government approvals before the next Ministerial Conference in December 2022.

Speaking on behalf of the IGAD Executive Secretary, HE Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Dr. Fatuma Ibrahim Adan, IGAD Chief of Mission in the Republic of Kenya, welcomed the participants and commended the efforts of all others IGAD Member States who organized these important consultations and we are very happy that Kenya is finally reaching the finalization of its costed national education plan, 7th and final consultation.

“On behalf of IGAD, I now humbly request the Government of the Republic of Kenya to give this document the urgency it deserves since all other IGAD Member States have completed it except the Kenya. “, she pointed out.

Dr. Fatuma Ibrahim Adan, revealed that IGAD is aware of the processes that Kenya has gone through hence the delay i.e. formulation of the Kenya Refugees Act 2021, Education and Training Policy on the inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers and the election period, we appreciate all the efforts and once again congratulations on achieving all of the above.

“I am very optimistic that we will achieve this before December.” She says.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Andrew Rukaria, Administrative Secretary, Department of State for Basic Education, MOE, Kenya explained that the population of refugees and asylum seekers in Kenya stands at 561,836 people as of August 31, 2022. About 216,718 are of school age. of which 65% are enrolled in education and training establishments.

“There is a need to strengthen Kenya’s participation in intra- and inter-regional and cross-border collaborative forums for sharing experiences and identifying common approaches for moving forward. We appreciate IGAD for coordinating and facilitating these engagements and initiatives. ” He stated.

Mr. Rukaria also recalls that refugees in all places follow the Kenyan curriculum and take the Kenyan national exams and that refugee learners are gradually being included in national education.

Representatives of Kenya’s Ministry of Education as host country and GIZ/SIMPI partner delivered their opening remarks.

At the end of the meeting, the expected outputs generated important insights and knowledge on the readiness of costed national plans, which is one of the commitments of Member States and IGAD partners in the Declaration of Djibouti, as well as helping to identify gaps. and recommendations for fulfilling them; and establish an agreed timeline for the development of the costed national plan for inclusive education of refugees, returnees and host communities.

The national consultation in Kenya brought together participants from relevant government offices including the Ministry of Education, Tertiary and Training Institutions, Refugee Services Commission, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of agencies, IGAD, GIZ/SIMPI, UNHCR and partner agencies.

The development of this costed plan was funded by IGAD and the German government through GIZ.

In 2017, IGAD Ministers in charge of Education adopted the Djibouti Declaration, which sets out key priority areas for equitable, inclusive and quality education for all, with a particular focus on education for refugees. , internally displaced returnees and host communities.