Kenya plans to enhance education for sustainable development goals

2013-01-22 13:17:39 GMT2013-01-22 21:17:39(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

NAIROBI, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan government said it has developed principles and goals that will guide policies and programs to enhance access, equity, quality and relevance of education.

"The principles and goals underlying all the policy and programs is to ensure sustainable development of the country's human and other resources in the country," Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo said.

Kilonzo was speaking during the signing ceremony of a four year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Kenya and Israel on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

ESD is an emerging principle that governments and policy makers in education have integrated in the school curriculum as it helps provide solutions to educational needs.

It will help learners to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.

Kilonzo stressed that the government recognizes the development challenges facing the country as a signatory of many international agreements and conventions adding that it is committed to implement measures that promote sustainable development through different modes of education.

He stated that the government recognized ESD as an opportunity to continuously build its citizen's capacity towards healthy measures for utilizing the country's resources, to lead productive livelihood and improve the quality of life.

The minister said that ESD consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way.

He explained that the concept in the national education goals includes – citizenship, peace education, human rights, developmental education, environmental education, knowledge and acquisition of skills and positive behavior.

Israel's Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Gil Haskel noted that the first phase of the program began last year with the training of 90 education officials on ESD in Israel and assured that more educationists would benefit from Israel's experiences on ESD in the next four years.

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