Education Innovation Africa forms part of Informa’s Education Investment Series – the leading provider of insight and business partnership opportunities for the private education community in the Middle East and Africa. Its first edition united over 500 representatives of Ministries, Investors, Educators, Financiers, Tech Companies and Solution Providers in the first meeting of its kind that focused on the business of innovative education delivery in Africa.
This year’s conference held under the theme; ‘Driving Impact in Private, Social and PPP Education Projects in Africa’, united key education leaders to find new partnerships and models that would provide sustainable and impactful education programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa.
A very perceptive event into the African market, the event brought together high level representatives from all around the continent who conveyed a real sense for what the successes and challenges in the education market in Africa are like. The conference provided a variety of topics from which opened quality discussions towards finding viable solutions in Africa.
This was a compliment to Global Peace Foundation’s work in advancing models that transform education to meet the demands of the 21st century. More specifically, the Leadership and Entrepreneurship Hubs (LEAP Hubs) & Character and Creativity Initiative (CCI) programs implemented in high schools that bring together education stakeholders to deliver a positive impact on social issues and combat negative global trends in youth unemployment. Representing GPF were the Executive Director, Global Peace Foundation Kenya, Mr. Daniel Juma, the Vice President, Global Peace Foundation, Dr. Tony Devine, and the Director for Education Initiatives at Global Peace Foundation Kenya, Ms. Carol Amollo.
The conference provided a diversified platform to learn from and network with public, private and social partners who are working to transform education around the world. It informed alternative education models such as informal private schools, online learning platforms, skills-based programmes and alternative delivery models as a contributing factor to the reach of education across Africa. However, it suggested sustainable finance and investment as a requirement to increase the efficacy, reach and impact of these programmes.
Digital media use among young people has been proven to expand their critical and creative thinking skills, increase their motivation and self-esteem as well as help them develop skills needed for the modern world. As schools progressively incorporate technology into their curricula, its high time we ensured a safe online environment where young people explored the world safely and contributed in creating useful content to better serve the needs of the 21st century.
But the question still lingers, how do we ensure that young people who have been raised on technology in the Information age are safe while using the internet?
Early this year, Global Peace Foundation Kenya entered into partnership with Google Kenya to empower youth in high schools with knowledge, skills, attitude, values and tools to become digital leaders, beyond being responsible digital citizens. This was through a “Child Online Safety Campaign” that entails a whole curriculum on child online safety for both teachers and students. The campaign targets high school youth who participate in Global Peace Education’s – a division of Global Peace Foundation – Leadership and Entrepreneurship Hubs (LEAP Hubs) and Character and Creativity (CCI) programs as well as other schools.
Sponsored by Google Kenya, the campaign was officially lunched by the Executive Director, Center for Mathematics Science and Technology in Africa (CEMASTEA) Mr. Stephen Njoroge at Ngara Girls High School in November 2015. This marked the beginning of a campaign that would see over 3000 students from 22 counties benefit from skills that would enable them build positive digital footprints. The launch was attended by over 100 students and teachers from different schools in Nairobi and its environs among them Brook House International School, Mangu Boys High School, Moi Forces Academy Embakasi Girls High School and others.
The this end, the campaign has been conducted in different schools from various counties among them Nairobi, Kiambu, Kajiado, Machakos, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale Counties with plans underway to scale up to more schools in other counties. Over 2300 students and teachers have also benefited on online safety training, which is estimated 50% of the target number.
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