The Nairobi City County Government has been invited to join the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) whose mission is to support and accelerate the practice of lifelong learning.
The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (Knatcom) said Nairobi, under Governor Mike Sonko’s leadership, has been committed to promoting effective lifelong learning policies and practices that support the development of inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities.
Sonko said Kenya needs to reinvent its education system to focus on alleviating poverty as well as addressing issues related to her fast growing population.
The governor has consequently revealed that Nairobi is in consultations with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to adopt some of its programs geared towards implementation of a lifelong learning strategy for inclusive, sustainable urban development goals.
With the county being in charge of Early Childhood Education (ECDE) the focus will be on how to increase the number of ECDE centres and have enough personnel in terms of teaching and incorporating content related to the same in the learning programs.
Nairobi has already applied to be enlisted among the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC).
“This will help us forge more links and partnerships and we will be in a position to have an influential role in national and world affairs,” Sonko said.
During his visit at city hall late last year European Union ambassador Simon Mordue said that Kenya has had the second largest relationship in terms of trade.
The ambassador praised Nairobi’s economic growth and noted that the EU and Nairobi have the second largest relationship in terms of trade in Africa.
“Nairobi continues to be a key partner and we are looking at further ways we can work together going forward,” he said.
He emphasized the need for the governor to consider investing more in research and technological innovation to solve some of its challenges.