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
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.
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.
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.”
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.