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.”
16th – 17th August, 2016 – An Innovators Boot Camp that was organized by Global Peace Foundation Kenya in partnership with Airtel Kenya was held at Alliance High School to inspire youth and promote their role in social transformation. Held under the theme ” Raising Moral and Innovative Leaders for Economic Growth” the boot camp aimed at recognizing youth innovations in promoting to sustainable economic growth in the country.
The opening ceremony for the two day event was officiated by the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology, Mr. Joe Mucheru who lauded Global Peace Foundation, Airtel Kenya, KCB foundation and other involved parties for their continued commitment to raise young entrepreneurs and technology-based ventures through education and mentorship.
The Cabinet Secretary inspired participating youth with a narration of his personal experience from a humble background to the position of a Cabinet Secretary and urged them to work hard and have determination. He also challenged them to own smartphones to enable them access to information and vital services through technology.
Airtel Kenya CEO, Mr. Adil El Youssefi confirmed their commitment to support youth explore their full potential.
“Through our partnership with GPF and the Chandaria Foundation, we are providing avenues for young upcoming entrepreneurs to harness the power of the internet and digital tools for business innovation and personal development hence building lifelong skills,” he reiterated.
“Free access to the internet by Airtel enables them seek more knowledge, challenge their beliefs and strengthen their character and expertise,” he added.
In his remarks the Executive Director, Global Peace Foundation Kenya Daniel Juma challenged the youth to embrace the use of technology to solve challenges in our society today. He said that youth today have everything they need to succeed at their disposal and that through the Youth Innovators Boot camp, GPF envisions to nurture the creativity and innovation of youth whom he believes are a solution to the global unemployment crisis.
The event brought together mentors from twelve different organizations which include Airtel Networks Kenya Ltd, Computer for Schools Kenya (CFSK), Google East Africa, Intelsoftplus, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Taxi Chap Chap, Ihub, Nailab, M-Lab, Copy Cat and E-Mobilis.
Other dignitaries who graced the opening ceremony include: Dr. Manu Chandaria, Patron, GPF Kenya, Dr. Tony Devine, Vice President, GPF International, Mr. Daniel Juma, Executive Director, GPF Kenya, Mr. Joshua Oigara, group CEO, KCB, Mr. Stephen Njoroge, Director, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA), Mr. Michael Murungi, Policy and Governance Manager, East Africa-Google, among others.
The opening ceremony was followed by presentations from different speakers through breakout sessions and later on a training on leadership.
The second day of the boot camp entailed presentation of students’ projects to panelists which exposed up to 60 Leap Hubs students with innovative ideas to mentorship and constructive engagement. Kariobangi North Girls’ Secondary School and Moi Forces Academy respectively emerged winners with best ideas and were announced during a networking dinner that was held at the Villarosa Kempinski Hotel. The emerging students were awarded with scholarship and mentorship to fully implement their ideas.
List of participating schools during the Boot Camp: Moi Forces Academy, Alliance High School, St. Mary’s Ukwala Boys’ High School, Mary Leakey Girls’ High School, Mariakani Secondary School, Starehe Girls’ Centre, Eastleigh High School, Kariobangi North Girls’ Secondary School, Machakos School, Kaimosi Girls’ High School, Precious Blood Girls’ Riruta , Matuga Girls Secondary School.
The mentors were drawn from twelve different organizations which include Airtel Networks Kenya Ltd, Computer for Schools Kenya (CFSK), Google East Africa, Intelsoftplus, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Taxi Chap chap, Ihub, Nailab, M-Lab, Copy Cat and E-Mobilis.