Global Peace Foundation Kenya participated in the Scale Kenya Forum that was held under the theme “Youth Entrepreneurship for Social Impact.” Organised by the East Africa Civil Society Initiative, forum is an initiative by The Agakhan Foundation, East African Institute and iHub. It seeks to encourage dialogue around the role of public and private sectors by featuring the stories of local young entrepreneurs, plenary and panel sessions, exhibitions, networking and training opportunities.
GPF’s Leap Hub students from Moi Forces Academy and Kariobangi North Girls’ Secondary School got the chance to exhibit their innovations. Moi Forces Academy showcased “Virtual Clothe” platform that allows online clothes shoppers to virtually try clothes. Virtual Clothe is an innovation sought to solve the issue of size difference in the clothing industry across different countries. On the other hand, Kariobangi North Girls High School presented the “Medics App”, an application that assists patients to book for appointments with specialized doctors.
The forum garnered participation from various individuals among them: Dr Alex Awiti, Director, East Africa Institute, Mr. Graham Wood, Chief Executive Officer, the Agakhan Foundation East Africa, Ms. Mary Gicharu, Managing director at iHub and Mr Daniel Juma, the Executive Director, Global Peace Foundation Kenya among others.
On 2nd March, 2018 Global Peace Foundation Kenya held talks with IBM to explore avenues of collaboration in implementing IBM’s Digital Nation Africa program in existing Leap Hub spaces.
Digital Nation Africa (DNA) is a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programs for up to 25 million African youths over a period of five years, enabling digital competence and nurturing innovation in Africa. For the youth of Africa to be able to benefit from a cognitive future there needs to be a much higher level of digital literacy. At the top of the skills pyramid are developers, who need to know how to create solutions that can leverage the power of cognitive, and entrepreneurs who are aware of the potential. The platform is designed to help raise overall digital literacy, increase the number of skilled developers able to tap into cognitive engines and enable entrepreneurs grow there businesses around the new solutions.
DNA aligns well with GPF’s Smart Workforce Readiness in schools which equips students with the latest technological skills required to succeed in today’s workforce
4th December, 2017, Global Peace Foundation represented by Dr. Tony Devine, the International Vice President, Global Peace Foundation from Seattle and Mr. Daniel Juma, Executive Director, Global Peace Foundation Kenya and Oracle represented by Corine Mbiaketcha; Oracle Kenya Country Leader and Managing Director, has announced a partnership agreement with Oracle Academy. Oracle Academy’s free program offers learning resources and technologies for individual students and educators, and comprehensive computer science education programs and resources for secondary schools, technical/vocational schools, and two and four-year colleges and universities. The collaboration is one of the strategic goals by Global Peace Foundation to ensure high school students are impacted with modern technological skills required in the 21st Century work environment.
“Innovation and creativity are Africa’s inevitable critical success factors. Cloud computing technology enables our developers to build specific solutions to address our local challenges at a minimum costs and time. Spreading out those IT skills at the school level in Kenya, known as the Silicon Savana is building the strong foundations of the mindset that will change the continent. Education is a key priority and partnering with Global peace foundation to achieve such in a well-structured network of selected schools and Professionals is a blessing,” says Corine Mbiaketcha.
Oracle will train teachers and students from 124 public high schools which are spread out across the 47 counties on Java Fundamentals and Introduction to Databases. As one of the ways to assess impact, with the help of teachers, students will be expected to use the skills gained to solve real world problems.
Global Peace Foundation works with Ministries of Education and corporate partners like Intel, Cisco and Oracle to build public secondary school students’ 21st-century work-force skills. Students experientially learn digital technology, explore entrepreneurial enterprises, grow team-work and real-world problem-solving skills, and develop core values of leadership and integrity. Creating entrepreneurial hubs and empowered youth is a key part of the pilot programming in three countries. Global Peace Foundation partners with national Ministries of Education to train teachers on innovative approaches to education transformation in the classroom. We have long-term partnerships in place in the Philippines, Kenya, and Paraguay. Through ongoing advocacy and learning together, we are leveraging pilot programming to scale and driving change in educational systems on a national level. Transforming education develops a workforce that drives employment and economic development, societal and political stability, and ethical societies free from corruption.
“The Leap Hubs has empowered high school students with technology skills that they are using to provide solutions. The world of today has changed, so should the education system. Students should graduate from high ready to be job creators because the current rate of unemployment is alarming.” said Manu Chandaria, the Patron, and Global Peace Foundation Kenya. “We believe this collaboration with Oracle will unlock a lot of potential in not only the high school students but also the teachers. Our goal is to see students graduating making them skills needed to succeed in today’s ever changing work environment. In the long run reducing cases ofunemployment”, reiterated Dr. Tony Devine, International Vice President, and Global Peace Foundation.
The implementation of Oracle Academy in public high schools offers educators and students computer science education resources to advance knowledge, skills development, innovation and diversity in technology fields. Computing isn’t just for technology companies anymore−all students everywhere need access to good computer science education to be college and career ready in today’s global economy.
“At Oracle Academy, we are delighted to work with Global Peace Foundation to help ensure that their students graduate ready to succeed in all aspects of life and in the twenty-first century economy,” said Jane Richardson, Senior Director, Oracle Academy, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We look forward to providing Oracle Academy training in our Database and Java Programming curriculum to local teachers, who will bring this learning of computer science and programming into their classrooms for the benefit of their students. Education is a prerequisite to future innovation, and students and educators who engage with Oracle Academy gain industry-relevant skills and knowledge that enrich their futures. Today’s announcement continues our momentum to advance digital education and increase diversity in technology fields globally.” She concluded
Oracle Academy membership costs nothing and offers individual learners, educators, and educational institutions access to world-class technology, expertly developed learning materials and curriculum, training, and other resources.
Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Kenya in partnership with Centre for Mathematics Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) held a 3 day workshop from 20th – 22nd September 2017, to explore avenues for collaboration in the implementation of STEM4Peace initiative in high schools at the Kenya Science, Ministry of Education offices in Nairobi.
The workshop gathered education stakeholders from the Kenyan Ministry of Education and NGO’s to traverse the significance of inculcating values based technology training in secondary schools in Kenya to promote ethical societies. These include: Mr. Stephen Njoroge, Director, CEMASTEA, Mr. Daniel Juma, Executive Director, GPF Kenya, Dr. Tom Mboya, Coordinator Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Ms. Diana Kwamboka, Program Assistant, GPF Kenya, Mrs. Amina Sharbaidi, CEMASTEA Trainer in Biology, Mr. Isaac Gathamberi, CEMASTEA National Trainer and Deputy, Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and GPF trainers on Entrepreneurship, Technology and Moral and Innovative Leadership.
In his opening remarks Mr. Daniel Juma described the workshop as timely and relevant to the modern world in equipping students with competitive innovation, entrepreneurial and leadership skills relevant to today’s world.
“GPF is helping to drive the Government’s vision to transform education in Kenya by continuously building the capacity of teachers and students as well as creating peaceful environments for learning in schools. Our collective approach to work with stakeholders has been important in advancing this mission. Therefore, GPF will continue to nurture creativity, innovation and build 21st century skills that will help students and teachers prosper,” connoted Mr. Juma.
On the other hand, Dr. Tom Mboya recognized that integrating GPF’s education portfolio augments their efforts in implementing the STEM programs in secondary schools.
“The Ministry of Education has established STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Hubs in high schools across 47 counties with the aim of encouraging more students to uptake STEM programs. CEMASTEA has recognized the value add proposition of Global Peace Foundation in implementing the STEM Hubs that will see GPF offer training to 20% of top trans-formative and pedagogical teachers, offer expertise on Moral and Innovative Leadership and Management best practices to teachers,” acknowledged Dr. Mboya.
The 3 days workshop culminated with the launch of the STEM4Peace program on 21st September in celebration of the 2017 International Peace Day. The program will inculcate aspects of character formation within the study of STEM in our schools. The program aims at enhancing sustainable Peace and Development in schools by harnessing STEM Education to create a culture of peace and inviting school climate. It focuses on developing students of good character and values, innovative and creative minds impacted with 21st century and other Meta skills. The expected outcome of STEM4Peace is a holistic student with knowledge, skills, character and values ready to succeed in every aspect of life. The programs core areas includes making, values, entrepreneurship, leadership and technology.
“Global Peace Foundation has been pushing for inculcating values and character in our secondary schools. We finally have the opportunity of integrating values and impacting the youth with employ-ability skills through harnessing entrepreneurship as a way of creating employment. Young people must be awarded the platform to create jobs, otherwise, if every graduate is looking for jobs, who is creating these jobs?” Mr. Njoroge challenged the audience. “We must to encourage creativity, innovation, analytical and problem solving skills in high school students and the STEM4Peace program initiated by GPF and CEMASTEA definitely will address these concerns” concluded Mr. Njoroge.
The team worked together in developing a concept paper on STEM4Peace programme which will be piloted in 124 public secondary schools (102 STEM schools and 22 Leap Hub schools). The team also developed specific timelines on the completion of the proposal and budget as a support document to the existing concept paper.
As a way forward, GPF Kenya and CEMASTEA will engage more partners to ensure the implementation of more capacity building programs that would benefit teachers and students in schools.
Women leaders from around the world converge in the Philippines to explore Women’s New Leadership Culture in promoting sustainable peace and development. In her speech, GPW Chair lady, Dr. Junsook Moon highlights the importance of promoting women in their unique roles to advance models of trans-formative leadership and shares Kenya’s mentor-ship program for vulnerable girls in high school as a best practice to promoting women’s contribution to healthy societies. Watch Video
In his welcoming remarks at opening plenary, GPF International President, Mr. James Flynn noted that the convention would focus on global, regional and local issues, guided by the need for moral and innovative leadership in public affairs and civic life. He called for a shared commitment to develop strategies for resolving the critical divisions and persistent poverty and underdevelopment that afflict much of the human family.
The conference was pampered with motivating speeches by former Philippine President Gloria Arroyo and former Guatemala President Vincio Cerezo who both served as co-chairs of the international Host Committee.
Delivering the keynote address, Global Peace Foundation Founder and Chairman Dr. Hyun Jin Preston Moon emphasized the growing influence and economic dynamism of the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia, and more broadly the importance of the southern hemisphere in the twenty-first century.
Calling the Philippines, “my second home in Asia,” and reminding the assembly that Manila hosted GPF’s first Global Peace Convention in 2009, he movingly paid tribute to the Philippines national motto: Maka-Diyos, maka-tao, maka-kalikasan, at maka-bansa, “For the love of God, people, nature and country.”
Recognizing that such an uplifting ideal did not well describe contemporary world affairs, Dr. Moon said that the convention theme, “Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Peace and Development” was timely and relevant not only in the context of the United Nations campaign to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 but in the human quest “for genuine peace based on liberty, individual rights and just governance.”
“The year 2016 was certainly one of considerable turmoil, challenge and change,” the GPF chairman said.
“Failed top down models and the status quo are giving way to the rise of populist movements that champion the concerns of those who feel left out or overrun in rapidly changing social landscapes.
“We urgently need a unifying vision; we need to recognize the vital importance of the self-evident, transcendent truths that define our common humanity; and we need to build consensus around shared values to undergird the creation of vibrant, prosperous, ethical societies.
Dr. Moon then presented the case of the divided Korean peninsula, and the threat the division posed not only to the South, but to Asia and the world. Referencing his recent book Korean Dream, he cited three major prerequisites to realizing the dream of one united Korea.
First, shared vision based on universal principles, specifically the historic ethic familiar to all Koreans, called Hongik Ingan.
Second, the extended family as a fundamental institution providing order, stability and continuity in human relations.
And third, a welcoming spiritual environment, which he credited to Korean society and heritage, enabling Koreans to invite and adopt all the major religious traditions from around the world. Significantly, he added, “religion was not separate from governance but, instead, informed it.”
He also observed that a bottom-up approach which tapped into the self-reliant spirit and community resilience of the Korean people to building national identity, was essential to South Korea’s rise from abject poverty after the Korean War. “Civil society organizations can serve as important catalysts for change,” he noted, adding that technology and social media could ignite the spark of freedom in repressive societies like North Korea.
Thanking the many grass roots leaders who have invested in community impact programs, Dr. Moon concluded, “This seventh Global Peace Convention reflects the most promising models of peace and development forging a greater force for good that can transform the thunderclouds of warring tensions around us to a new era uplifting our common humanity. Let us unleash this renaissance of character, service, enterprise, scholarship and peace for the good of our world.”
The Global Peace Awards Gala was stream LIVE on Ustream on March 1 at 2pm EAT time.
The Global Peace Awards honor government, civil society and faith leaders whose exemplary efforts have significantly improved the lives of others. Global Peace Awards underscore the importance of moral and innovative leadership, an ethic of public service, and a willingness to transcend boundaries of religion, ethnicity, culture and nationality in advancing the ideal of One Family under God. Challenging conditions that limit human potential and social development, award winners demonstrate lives of integrity and a sustained commitment to realizing a world of peace.