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UoN and UNESCO hold discourse on sustainable development

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Various speakers during a round-table event organized by the University of Nairobi and UNESCO.

Kenyans need to take charge of its developmental processes and be part of establishing the country’s sustainable development.

This was echoed by various speakers during a round-table event organized by the University of Nairobi (UoN) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in commemoration of 50 years in Kenya by UNESCO.

In his key note presentation, Prof. Bethwell A. Ogot, noted that UNESCO has continued to strive for a global renaissance established on the principles of democracy and equality, respect for international law, safe guarding basic human rights to freedom, justice, dignity and the right of equal access to the benefits of education. Prof. Ogot laid emphasis on how education can be used to establish sustainable development, through access to knowledge, production of new knowledge and transfer of knowledge.

On his part, Cabinet Secretary, Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, noted that UNESCO has worked with both public and private universities. He said that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology remains committed to the ideals of Education for Sustainable development. Prof. Kaimenyi challenged the participants to critically debate and share experiences among countries with respect to employed strategies to meet EFA Goals by year 2015; in addition to giving a critical look at other areas of UNESCO focus.

Speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance, Prof. Peter Mbithi, called on the participants to channel the discourse on perspectives on sustainable development for the 21st Century and provide solutions to the numerous challenges affecting Kenya. Prof. Mbithi said that the University of Nairobi has been part of the UNESCO family and that UoN has benefitted from an endowment Chair in the Department of Sociology and various outreach activities have been carried out by the UNESCO-Chair.

During the round-table event panelists representing UNESCO’s fields of competence, namely education, natural and social and human sciences, culture and communication and information shared knowledge and their perspectives on sustainable development for the 21st Century.

Click here to view key note presentation by Prof. Bethwell A. Ogot