8 Kenyans Shortlisted for 2022 Commonwealth Education Awards.
Due to their significant influence on students, teachers, and education systems across the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Secretariat has nominated eight Kenyan candidates for the Sixth 2022 Commonwealth Education Awards.
The Secretariat said in a press release addressed to newsrooms that six finalists from the 20 shortlisted entries would be named in a virtual ceremony on April 28, 2022, on the margins of the 21st Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, which will be held in Nairobi.
The entries showcase a diverse spectrum of inspirational educators and creative programs, ranging from those aimed at increasing female literacy and combating young unemployment to those aimed at empowering teachers and academics and promoting peace education.
Kenya was recognized for two entries in the category of Rethinking Education for Innovation for its Basic Education Quality Improvement Programme (BEQUIP) and The Book Club from Manyatta Primary School, where they will compete with India’s Peepul-Chief Minister’s CM Rise, Nigeria’s Zenafri, and Malaysia’s The Kalsom Movement.
M-PESA Foundation Academy (Kenya), Educate! (Uganda), Triple Threat: researcher, innovator, entrepreneur – Keningau Vocational College (Malaysia), and Navonmesh Prasar with Communicating Innovation are competitors in the Rethinking Education for Work category (India).
Wild Shaale and TARA Akshar from India were chosen for the Rethinking Education for Sustainability competition, while Kenya’s AMANI clubs and the Afrogiveness Centre Project from Cameroon will compete for the Education As Pathways To Peace competition.
The Education for Inclusion category includes Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) in India, No One Out (NOO) in Kenya, and the Autism Disorder Project in South Africa.
Amos Nyameino, Head of ICT and Innovations Department at Kasigau Girls Secondary School (Kenya), Leonida Chepkorir Soi from Teachers’ Service Commission-Moi Forces Academy Mombasa (Kenya), Peter Mokaya Tabichi, a teacher at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School (Kenya), and Mohd Sirhajwan Bin Idek from Keningau Vocational College (Kenya) are among those (Malaysia).
Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, commented on the Awards shortlist, saying that the Awards were important because they not only celebrated promising and innovative practices, but also aimed to share the ideas of the contestants with other Commonwealth countries so that they could be replicated to improve learning outcomes.
“The Education Awards are such a huge part of what we do at the Commonwealth given that 60 per cent of the Commonwealth’s 2.5 billion population is under the age of 30,” said Scotland, adding that education is a top priority for the Secretariat and every Commonwealth country.
She emphasized that the Awards came at a time when the globe is still grappling with the severe effects of the Covid-19 epidemic on school systems, an issue she stated will be reviewed next week at the Commonwealth Education Ministers Meeting.
“Over the past two years, we have seen the vital work that schools, educators, and communities do daily, to support our education systems. These Awards are a fitting moment to recognize their tireless efforts and incredible work in supporting young people across the Commonwealth,” said Scotland.
In his remarks, Layne Robinson, Head of Social Policy Development at the Commonwealth Secretariat, praised the candidates who submitted their submissions and those who were selected, stating that judges were overwhelmed this year with the best quality entries for the Awards.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has placed a huge burden on educational institutions across the Commonwealth. Now, more than ever, we must continue to recognize achievements and acknowledge the vital roles being played in helping the Commonwealth meet its education targets towards the 2030 Agenda,” said Robinson.
This year, a total of 2,462 submissions from 32 nations were submitted, with 640 meeting the submission criterion.
The various examples of quality, resilience, creativity, and ingenuity in the many entries received wowed the judges.
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The Commonwealth Secretariat established the Commonwealth Education Awards to recognize and celebrate bright and innovative programs, projects, and individuals that have had a beneficial influence on the education sector on students, teachers, or the education system across the Commonwealth.