UNEP Signs an MoU with GPF to Empower Youth on Environment and Entrepreneurship

On 11th April 2016, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Global Peace Foundation (GPF), Kenya to further youth empowerment initiatives in Kenya in alignment with vision 2030 agenda on sustainable development.

The agreement entailed supporting a community cooker project in Kariobangi that has adopted the use of technology on solid waste management and promotes the culture of entrepreneurship among the youth as a source of income for improved live hoods.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Director and Regional Representative, Regional Office for Africa UNEP, Dr. Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, affirmed UNEP’s support towards the implementation of youth activities by working together with the private sector through engaging youth in job creation.

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Dr. Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, Director and Regional Representative, Regional Office for Africa UNEP.

“We aim at bringing together the private sector to engage youth in job creation for sustainable development. This is in line with the 2030 agenda on sustainable development goals,” said Dr. Juliette Biao, Africa Regional Representative.

Global Peace Foundation Patron and Chairman Chandaria Foundation, Dr Manu Chandaria, expressed his interest in promoting service initiatives among the youth for sustainable development and encouraged to replicate the same in other countries in Africa.

When implementing any agenda on youth it’s always important to engage all UN agencies, the private sector and the civil society. The Community Cooker project should also be implemented in other COMESA countries and IGAD member states for broad impact,” suggested Dr. Manu Chandaria.

Mr. Les Baille, Executive Director, MPESA Foundation and Chairman of the Environmental Track on the other hand expressed his happiness that corporates have come to together to solve challenges facing the society through a collective impact approach.

“This is a first time in Kenya corporates are working together to support one joint program for social impact,” said Mr. Les Baillie “I have been working hard for 10 years trying to bring companies to work together in implementing a joint activity to solve challenges in our society today,” he concluded.

Global Peace Foundation and environmental round table partners have organized for a ground breaking ceremony for the community cooker project scheduled for 27th April 2016 in Kariobangi area. This will then be followed by the construction of a community cooker that will take approximately 3 – 4 months.

As part of the partnership, the Kariobangi Community Cooker Project will be showcased as a best practice at the Second Session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly scheduled for 23rd – 27th May 2016 at the UN Headquarters in Nairobi. The assembly which will be held under the theme: “Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” will reflect the latest global, regional and national development related to the environment.

The MoU signing was witnessed by the Executive Director of MPESA Foundation Mr. Les Baille, Mr. Henry Ndede and Mohamed Atani from UNEP as well as Mr. Daniel Juma and Vincent Rapando from GPF Kenya among others.

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Initiative for Transforming Education Convene to Address Gaps in Education

31st March, 2016 – A consultative forum for transforming education in Kenya was held at the Villa Rosa Kempinski hotel in Nairobi to address education requirements in the modern world. This came a day after a National Conference on Curriculum Reform was held at KICC with participation of key education stakeholders to review the current 8-4-4 education curriculum.

Organized by Global Peace Foundation, the forum highlighted major achievements by Global Peace Foundation’s Education Division during the 2015 financial year. The education program was  launched in 8 demonstration schools within Nairobi in the year 2014 and has since scaled up to 24 schools in 12 counties country wide majoring in schools from both rural and urban areas as well as ensuring gender equity.”

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Cabinet Secretary, Information Communication and Technology, Mr. Joe Mucheru addressing stakeholders during the ITE consultative forum

Speaking during the forum, the Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communication Technology Mr. Joe Mucheru emphasized on the need to transform education to meet the requirements of the 21st century.

“The rapid changes in the world today stirred by technology create an urgent need to transform  education. We must integrate technology in everyday learning to impart learners with the necessary skills needed,” he reiterated, “life skills training and character development is as well important for social development of this country,” he concluded.

The forum brought together senior officials from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST), other education stakeholders and corporates to contribute to the need of incorporating life skills training and character development to enhance social transformation as well as technology training for digital literacy.

Women’s Feminine Values, a Strength in Contributing to Social Transformation

Every year on 8th March, the world celebrates the achievements realized on women empowerment and gender equality during the UN International Day of Women. This year, the celebrations were held under the theme, Pledge for Parity to mobilize stakeholders to contribute towards helping women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference and develop more inclusive and flexible cultures.

In line with this, on 5th March, 2016 Global Peace Women Kenya in collaboration with St. Thaddeus Child Care Society marked the International Day of Women with 50 women and 40 high school girls in Komarock slums in an event that attracted the participation of mentors from Mount Kenya University (MKU), the Global Education Fund and Association of Media Women in Kenya (AMWIK).

The event engaged women in discussions on their role in peacebuilding and development from the family level to the community level highlighting their feminine values as a strength in contributing to social transformation. In her remarks, Ms Joyce Nyaruai from the Association of Media Women in Kenya challenged the women to take up more leadership roles in their communities.

“The Kenyan constitution acknowledges the need for gender parity and gives room for women involvement in leadership. It is now upon us to embrace this opportunities and support each other to remain effective in our positions of leadership”- Ms. Joyce Nyaruai, Communications Officer, Association of Media Women in Kenya.

High school girls had an open forum with mentors to discuss issues affecting them. Among the topics discussed include: career choices, adolescence, self-esteem, reproductive health, & relationships.

I have never taken part in a mentorship session before so today has been a very good learning experience for me. I have learnt to base my choices on values and beliefs rather than what my peers are doing or what seems fashionable. I hope we can have more of these talks” concludes Elizabeth a form 2 student at St. Thaddeus School

Participants received donations of food, sanitary towels among other toiletries as gifts from the Global Peace Women International office and the Chandaria Foundation.

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