THE UN NAMES KENYAN TEACHER AS THE UN PERSON OF THE YEAR 2019.

By Laura Slessor.
On the occasion of the UN Day 2019, the United Nations in Kenya named the Global Teacher Prize award winner Brother Peter Tabichi as the UN Person of the Year 2019.
The UN Person of the Year Award which is given every 24th October during the UN Day celebrations was launched in the year 2002 to recognize individuals or institutions who have inspired the nation and whose contribution in society makes the world a better place. Last year the award went to the world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge who recently became the 1st human being to complete the marathon in less than 2 hours.
The 37 year old Brother Tabichi was recognized for being a living witness to the power of education and the inherent value and dignity of the teaching profession in a colorful event presided over by dignitaries including UN resident coordinator for Kenya Siddharth Chatterjee, Nakuru County Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Education Principal Secretary Dr. Kipsang Bellio and the UNESCO Regional Director for East Africa, Dr. Ann Therese Ndong. Dr. Ndong who nominated Brother Thabiti for the award said that Peter had demonstrated that great teachers don’t have to be confined to the classroom. Nakuru County Governor, Hon. Lee Kinyanjui congratulated the Global Teacher and said that his victory was a celebration of the many sacrifices made by teachers across the world and that his actions reminds us of the role of teachers as change agents.
Speaking at the ceremony, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kenya Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee praised Peter as the very epitome of selflessness and “service before self’ and added that the Sustainable Development Goal number 4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
While receiving the Award, the Maths and Physics teacher at Keriko Secondary School in Nakuru, called on governments to make sure education, especially for girls, is a right and not a matter of luck. He said that around sixty one million girls of school going age around the world do not get the chance to go to school with a majority of them being from Africa. At the same time, 72 million children are in danger of missing education in Africa due to war, floods and other challenges. “Good education should not be a matter of luck but should be a right” said Brother Tabichi.
Brother Peter is a teacher at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village, situated in a remote, semi-arid part of Kenya’s Rift Valley, a region where drought and famine are frequent, 95% of pupils hail from poor families, almost a third are orphans or have only one parent, and many go without food at home and where drug abuse, teenage pregnancies and dropping out of school is common. Despite these conditions Peter continues to be celebrated for his efforts to impact and change the lives of his students’ one at a time. He started a talent nurturing club and expanded the school’s Science Club, helping pupils design research projects of such quality that 60% now qualify for national competitions. He also continues to be recognized for his role in helping poor students access education using his salary. Peter uses ICT in 80% of his lessons to engage students, visiting internet cafes and caching online content to be used offline in class.
The Global Peace Foundation Kenya which has been on the forefront to transform education in Kenya was represented at the event by the Executive Director Daniel Juma Omondi who joined other dignitaries in congratulating Brother Peter Tabichi. The Global Peace Foundation Kenya has been working with educators and other stakeholders in education to transform education to make it responsive to the challenges of the 21st century. Some of the education initiatives started by the Global Peace Foundation in Kenya include the Character and Creativity Initiative, the Great Places To School and Leap Hubs entrepreneurship incubation spaces in high schools.
GPF also collaborates with international organizations such as the Lemelson Foundation in the US in championing Invention Education and supports the OECD Learning Compass 2030which is a future-oriented framework for learning which orients students in a world of uncertainty and rapid change and helps them navigate towards the future we want.

RESPONDING TO THE NEED FOR TEACHERS TO INTEGRATE ICT IN TEACHING

By Laura Slessor,

On 21st of August 2019, Ms. Diana Kwamboka, Education Director, Global Peace Foundation
together with a team of Global Peace Foundation volunteers visited Lukenya Boys High
School. The aim of the visit was to hold a three day Teachers’ boot camp, with the main
theme being Integrating ICT in Teaching and Learning. The whole event was sponsored by
Airtel Kenya, IBM, Oracle Academy and Global Peace Foundation.
The event saw teachers from various school representatives in attendance including; Mary
Hill Girls High School, Rombo Girls High School, Chania Boys High School, Moonlight
High School, Olkejuado High School, Moi Forces Academy, Karama Boys High School,
Jamhuri High School, Machakos Boys High School, Kariobangi North Girls High School,
Ituru Boys High School and Lukenya Boys High School just to mention a few.
The training was graced by instructors from IBM East Africa and Oracle Academy who had
one on one lessons with the teachers on cyber security, Artificial Intelligence and data
science and how to integrate these into their teaching.
The three day-long event saw the teachers who successfully completed the training receive
certificate awards, which were given to them after an evaluation by their instructors and
presentations on how they were planning to implement everything they had learnt during the
boot camp.

Global Peace Foundation greatly appreciates the support it got from the main sponsors of the
event; IBM, Airtel Kenya and Oracle Academy and to Lukenya Boys High Schools who were
the hosts of the whole event.

GLOBAL PEACE FOUNDATION AT THE TECH EDUCATOR’S CONFERENCE.

 

 

By Laura Slessor.

On the 25th of September 2019 The Global Peace Foundation was privileged to attend the first ever Tech Educators’ Conference which was organized by Moringa School in conjunction with Strathmore University who were our hosts of the day.

The theme of the conference was: “Enhancing ICT practice skill-set in Higher Education Institutions.” The keynote address was given by Dr. Langat, from Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA) Kenya who among his many remarks emphasized that ICT is a key component of learning especially when it comes to the promoting the new Competency Based Curriculum (CBC). He also greatly emphasized that there is need to increase investment in ICT infrastructure so as to increase access to ICT and make education more interesting.

Panel discussions were conducted and they was graced by important players in the industry who included the Director of Business Development and Growth, Mr. Bolu, Head of Digital and Innovation at iCube and I&M Bank Ltd, Ms. Jacqui W. Stewart, CEO Brighter Monday, Mr. Emmanuel Mutuma and the Head of Business and Partnerships’, shortlist professionals, Ms. Doris Chelangat. Among the items discussed were; the challenges faced by employers and employees from a skill-set point of view, skill-set development, and the issue of culture fit at the workplace and the importance of data in the employment sector.

Mr. Emmanuel Mutuma mentioned that one of the challenges faced by the job group is that employers want ready talent for example the number of experience years a potential employee should have 2years, 5years or so forth; when what they should actually be doing is taking responsibility for talent development of their employees.  Ms. Jacqui also reiterated that the job market today is a demand-driven market and sometimes the best talent is not the fit for the job. However she also mentioned we should urgently find a way to bridge the gap between employees and job-seekers.

A very comprehensive and detailed report was given by Ms. Doreen Mwake – the Content Manager at Brighter Monday; on the effective ways of teaching the millennial generation. She pointed out the important factors to consider for ‘millennials’ in the workplace which included but were not limited to, working remotely, flexible hours, work culture, sense of pride, rewards and recognition, diversity and inclusion and lastly training and development.

 

 

Director of learning at Moringa School, Mr. Kwesi closed by saying that opportunities for growth in tech education lies in the ability to gauge the current situation and where we come from. He also re-emphasized the work that Moringa School is involved in to provide a safe space for future tech creators.

The Global Peace Foundation through its Leap Hubs Program has been most vital in working with Moringa School, where since the beginning of January 2019, selected students who participated in GPF’s Leap Hubs program were accepted into a fully funded scholarship program at Moringa School.

THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

 

By Laura Slessor

 

A copy of the invitation to the International Day of Peace celebrations.

On 21st September 2019, the Global Peace Foundation Kenya joined the East African Ramgarhia Board, the United Religions Initiative (URI), the United Nations Environmental Programme, the Inter religious Council of Kenya and other partners to celebrate the International Day of Peace 2019 at the Hindu Temple in Pangani Kenya.  Held under the theme ‘Climate Action for Peace’, the event also commemorated the 550th Birthday of Guru Nanak DevJi (1469 –1539) the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus.  The event brought together several other organizations such as the Kenya Interfaith Network, Mother Earth Network, All African Conference of Churches, Baha’i International Community, Unity Earth, and Africa Media Imitative all of whom agreed to form a joint partnership in the pursuit of peace.

 

The Chief guest H.E Rev Dr. Samuel Kobia, Advisor of the  President of Kenya on Cohesion, Peace and Conflict Resolution who said that as humanity, we need to consider ourselves not owning the earth but we need to know that borrowed it from our grandchildren.  Other speakers included Mr. Iyad Abumogli from the United Nations Environmental Programme who said that Climate Change has been identified as the major threat to humanity and that sustainable development cannot be achieved without Peace.  He added that the values of peace and tolerance are a top priority at the United Nations.

 

Ambassador Mussie Hailu, URI’s Regional Director for Africa and Representative at African Union and UN office in Africa took the opportunity to announce that the Women of the War Victims of Northern Uganda would be the recipients of the Africa Peace Award 2019.

Speaking at the event the Global Peace Foundation Kenya Executive Director Mr. Daniel Juma Omondi stressed the importance of shared values in achieving sustainable peace and added that it was time to move from religious tolerance to religious cooperation.

The Global Peace Foundation which has a special Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC and is affiliated to the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) joins other partners to commemorate the International Day of Peace annually.  Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and its people. This year’s theme was ‘Climate Action for Peace’ The theme draws attention to the importance of combating climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. Peace can only be achieved if concrete action is taken to combat climate change. In a speech read on his behalf, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “nature does not negotiate.”

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