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Sunday, 7 February 2021

Kenya and the UK to co-host global education financing conference in July- Uhuru

 

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that Kenya and the United Kingdom will co-host a two-day conference on global partnership for education financing on July 25 and 26 this year.

Uhuru said the aim of the education financing conference is to raise 5 billion US dollars to ensure that all children, particularly those in developing countries, have equitable access to quality education.

The president spoke Saturday at State House, Nairobi, at the start of the two-day virtual 34th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU whose theme is “Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building Africa We Want”.

“You will all agree with me that our children received the harshest brunt of the (Covid-19) pandemic; the lockdowns resulted in significant loss of income of the caregivers,” Uhuru said.

He added that “We need to show up and hold our governments accountable in setting aside the adequate resources to ensure that all children, both girls, and boys and those in vulnerable situations, can go back to school and complete their studies.”

Uhuru invited African Union (AU) heads of state and government to join the effort and commit to protecting education budgets in their respective countries.

Also, the president expressed the need for African governments to invest more aggressively in improving education access and quality, including the area of teaching and learning technologies, to bridge the education divide.

“Our children, are the future of this continent and we, as leaders, must guarantee a better tomorrow for them. We, as leaders today, must preserve and protect their wellbeing.”

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President Kenyatta also emphasised the need to not slacken in the fight against malaria even as the continent tackles the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Even as we continue the fight against Covid – 19, restore our economies and secure the future of our children through education, let us know that malaria remains amongst one of the greatest threats to the health of our children and all our citizens across the continent.”

As Chair of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA), Uhuru appreciated the unwavering commitment by AU member states towards elimination of malaria by 2030.

He noted that 19 African countries are implementing the flagship campaign of “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” and urged those who have not yet launched the campaign to do so.

The president also took the opportunity to thank President Ramaphosa, the outgoing AU Chairman, for steering the continental organization during the unprecedented period of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“You have ably shepherded our continent to respond to the pandemic in a timely and effective manner.”

He also congratulated president Tshisekedi for taking over the chairmanship of AU, assuring him of Kenya’s full support.

“My delegation expresses full confidence in your solid leadership and ability to take our Union to greater heights,” President Kenyatta assured the Congolese leader.

The president used the opportunity to thank AU member states for their support that enabled Kenya to secure the Non-Permanent Member position of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for a two-year term from 2021 to 2022.

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