Education For All (EFA)
Prior to the reform of the Global EFA Coordination Architecture in 2011-2012, Kenya was a member of the Education High Level Group and the EFA Working Group.
The Education High Level Group brought together high-level representatives from national governments, development agencies, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector. Its role was to generate political momentum and mobilize financial, technical and political support towards the achievement of the EFA goals and the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The EFA Working Group provided technical guidance to all partners in the Education for All movement and facilitates information exchange. It brought together annually, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, some forty key actors, representing governments, regional bodies, bilateral and multilateral donor agencies, civil society, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.
In the context of the new Global EFA Coordination Architecture, Kenya participated in the Global EFA Meeting (November 2012) that brought together representatives of UNESCO Member States, EFA convening agencies, bilateral agencies, United Nations and regional organizations, civil society organizations, the private sector, research institutes and foundations. Its main purpose was to critically assess progress towards EFA based on the EFA Global Monitoring Report and regional reports, and to agree on tangible actions for follow-up.
Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Education Quality (SACMEQ)
Kenya is a member of the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Education Quality (SACMEQ). The latter is an international non-profit developmental organization of 15 Ministries of Education in Southern and Eastern Africa that decided to work together to share experiences and expertise in developing the capacities of education planners to apply scientific methods to monitor and evaluate the conditions of schooling and the quality of education, with technical assistance from UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP).
International Bureau for Education (IBE)
The International Bureau of Education (IBE) is the UNESCO institute specializing in educational contents, methods and structures. Its overall mission is to contribute to the attainment of quality Education for All (EFA). The IBE acts as a global centre in the area of curriculum development and a field-oriented institute supporting UNESCO’s action in Education.
Kenya was a member of the IBE Council from 2007-2009. Kenya still participates in IBE activities, particularly in the International Conference on Education (ICE) which provides a forum for dialogue between Ministers of Education.
Lifelong Learning (Adult Education)
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) mission is to see to that all forms of education and learning – formal, non-formal and informal– are recognized, valued and available for meeting the demands of individuals and communities throughout the world.
Kenya actively collaborates and participates in UIL activities, particularly in areas related to Adult Education. The Sixth international Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI - December 2009), hosted by the Government of Brazil, provided an important platform for policy dialogue and advocacy on adult learning and non-formal education at global level. The Kenya Minister for Education was elected Vice-President for the Conference. The CONFINTEA VI Regional Conference for the African Region (November 2008) was hosted by Kenya. Since CONFINTEA VI, a number of regional and sub-regional initiatives have been undertaken in support of the Belem Framework of Action in Africa. Kenya is part of a Steering Committee that is following up on the implementation of the above mentioned framework in Africa.
Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
Kenya is active in Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the UNESCO context. TVET is concerned with the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of work. To attain this objective Kenya collaborates with International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-UNEVOC) in the strengthening and upgrading of its TVET systems.
The Government of Kenya hosted the 1st African UNESCO-UNEVOC TVET Summit under the theme “Access and Inclusion for TVET in Africa through new ICT based solutions”, on 28 May 2007 in Nairobi. The Summit brought together more than 150 TVET experts, policy makers, researchers and practitioners from Africa and around the world to share experiences, discuss strategies and implement mechanisms for the promotion and sustainability of ICTs in TVET.
Kenya participated in the Third International Congress on TVET in Shanghai, ‘Transforming TVET: Building Skills for Work and Life’ (May 2012), which resulted in the adoption of the Shanghai Consensus. The Kenya Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology was appointed Vice-President of the Congress.
UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)
The UNESCO Institute for Statistics is the statistical branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). It was established in July 1999 in order to reform UNESCO's statistical capacities. The UIS, hosted by the University of Montreal in Canada, was established to meet the growing needs of UNESCO Member States and the international community for a wider range of policy-relevant, timely, and reliable statistics in the fields of education, science and technology, culture and communication.
The Institute's Governing Board consists of twelve international experts, representing users and producers of statistics from different regions and international organisations. The Board, which includes a Kenyan Expert, defines the UIS policy together with its broad functions, as well as to approve the yearly programme and budget. The Board also ensures the monitoring, evaluation, and control of the Institute's operations.
Kenya is represented in the UIS Board by Mr. Collins Omondi Opiyo.