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Kenya is set to host the 2019 Global Learning Council (GLC) Summit that will explore how countries can effectively use digital technology to learning outcomes.

The Summit, to be held in October, will enable international experts and key stakeholders to share ideas and perspectives on important questions related to the digital transformation of education and its connection to the labour force.

Cabinet Secretary for Education, Amb Amina Mohamed said the Summit will bring together leaders from global academia, industry and non-profit sectors to explore the best way to take advantage of modern technologies to improve teaching and learning.

She made the remarks during a breakfast meeting where officials of GLC made Ministry of Education officials and other stakeholders to deliberate over the planned Summit in October in a Nairobi Hotel Thursday.

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Amb Amina was flanked by the Principal Secretary for Vocation and Technical Training, Dr. Kevit Desai, the Deputy Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany,Micheal Derus.

She said lifelong learning anchored in science technology and innovation is one of the ways in which we can guarantee relevance now and in the future.

WB official Education Practice Manager, World Bank (WB) Dr. Sajitha Bashir, said application of digital technology in education is not a possibility but a necessity, saying it will improved learning outcomes denied to many children.

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She said some 12 million children in Africa enter the labour market with little or no skills for employment.

Dr. Bashir paucity of skills was not good for Africa’s development as the continent requires a critical mass of scientists and engineers to defuse the technology required for mass skilling of the citizens.

Prof Bitange Ndemo said the delivery of Education ought to take advantage of digital technologies to ensure that governments give the best education to learners.

“Change is taking place in the environment. We have not begun to talk about how best we can leverage on the changing digital technology to deliver the curriculum,” Dr. Ndemo noted.

He said digital technology was the best platform to deliver the Competence Based Curriculum, saying global learning council aimed at improving learning outcomes for all.

Also present during the occasion was Chief Executive of Kenya Innovation Agency and National Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), Dr. Moses Rugut, and his Commission for University Education counterpart, Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi, the Vice President of Leibniz Association; an Association brings together 89 research institutions working in different discipline, Prof. Friedrich Hesse, and World Bank Education Specialist, Mrs. Ruth Charo.



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