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Prof. Mbithi challenges ESDA to open membership to more universities

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Prof. Peter Mbithi, the Vice-Chancellor. University of Nairobi, and the Chairman Education for sustainable development in Africa (ESDA) has called on the consortium to enhance inclusivity across the continent by considering opening ESDA membership to other universities, including those in francophone countries of Africa.

In his opening speech at the 3rd ESDA consortium meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, Prof. Mbithi noted that training on sustainability is an important contribution to the economies of African countries. He urged the consortium to strategize for Africa’s industrialization and increased consortium funding.  The meeting was held between October 15 and 18, 2017.

The main agenda items revolved around joint review of the progress of work in ESDA Master’s Programs and Next Generation Researchers (NGR) project, consideration of implementation plan for Year 2, including Africa Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative, discussion of long-term perspectives, and editorial work on ESDA publication.

Currently, ESDA consortium which is supported African development bank and being implemented by 8 universities in Africa namely University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, university of Ghana, Kwame Nkruma University of science and technology, University of Ibadan, University of Zambia and University of cape town. The United Nation University plays the coordination role, including inter-thematic group coordination and funding search.

The opening ceremony was graced by Prof. Price, the Vice Chancellor University of Cape Town, Prof. Nagao of United Nations University in Tokyo and representatives from African development bank. Meeting Participants were drawn from Consortium member universities from five countries.

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