Nadi, Fiji, 23rd February, 2018, (MOE Press) – Kenya has formally undertaken to host the 21st Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers in 2021.
The Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers is a high-level meeting that brings together education Ministers from the 52 Commonwealth countries to discuss key issues on education.
Delivering the acceptance speech on Friday at the conclusion of the 20th Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers in Nadi, Fiji, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed expressed appreciation for the decision to hold the conference in Kenya saying this will mark the second time Kenya will be hosting the meeting.
“I therefore now wish to confirm, with gratitude and humility, that Kenya accepts the honour of hosting the 21st CCEM. Kenya now looks forward to hosting the 21st Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in 2021,” said Amb. Amina Mohammed.
The Cabinet Secretary assured participants that Kenya has the capacity to host the meeting adding that the country has accumulated experience from major conferences that has been held in Nairobi especially over the last two years.
“We will work energetically with the Commonwealth Secretariat to ensure that the logistical, administrative and other preparations are in place for a successful conference,” said the Cabinet Secretary.
“As the hosts, we will ensure that the recommendations and actions from the 20th CCEM will be reported at the 21st CCEM, apart from informing our own education planning and management,” added the Education Cabinet Secretary.
The triennial meeting is the second largest meeting organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat, following the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
It provides Commonwealth Education Ministers with an opportunity to share knowledge and best practices in the education sector, receive updates on actions achieved against CCEM mandates, as well as identify areas of common action for the next three years.
The CCEM is an influential forum in the shaping of education policies not only in the Commonwealth but in the world as whole.
At the 18th CCEM in Mauritius in August 2012, for example, ministers established a working group that developed recommendations for the global post-2015 development framework for education.
Their recommendations reflected Commonwealth priorities for education and were fed into the UN processes for replacing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and formed part of the education component (SDG 4) of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were confirmed at the World Education Forum convened in Incheon, South Korea, in May 2015.
The last CCEM (the 19th CCEM), held in Bahamas in June 2015, emphasized the key role of education for sustainable development (ESD) and called for development of the Commonwealth policy and curriculum framework for enabling the SDGs, as well as establishment of the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan Task Force.
The just concluded 20CCEM reviewed these initiatives as a basis of charting the way forward. Kenya is serving in the committee that will draft the Nadi Deceleration which will spell out the recommendations of the 20th CCEM.
In April, Kenya is set to co-host a High Level Pan-African Meeting on SDG4 and the Continental Strategy for Education in Africa, together with UNESCO and the African Union. This meeting will serve as an avenue to continue some of the work we have begun here on sustainability and resilience.