Dear Hon Delegates

Welcome to the 6th Annual Early Childhood Development Education and Youth Empowerment Summit schedule here today. The Summit Themed: ‘’TOWARDS ACHIEVING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGS): WHAT IS A SUCCESSFUL MULTI-SECTORAL APPROACH TO EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION AND YOUTH VOCATIONAL TRAINING?’’ building on the discussions from the 5th Annual Early Childhood Education Summit 2018 held in Mombasa County, focus on what constitutes comprehensive, multi-sectoral, and good quality ECDE and Youth Vocational Training services leading to the holistic development of young children and Youth. The 6th Annual Summit provides a stronger focus on generating successful multi-sectoral programme models and good practices based on the experiences in designing and implementing ECDE and Youth Vocational Training/Empowerment programmes, especially those which are being implemented on large-scale (or in the process of scaling-up) with strong leadership and/or support from the Government.

CBSECE KENYA is driven by the agenda to transform lives through education, recognizing the important role of education as a main driver of development and in achieving the other proposed SDGs. We commit with a sense of urgency to a single, renewed education agenda that is holistic, ambitious and aspirational, leaving no one behind. This is fully captured by the SDG 4 'Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all' and its corresponding targets. It is transformative and universal, attends to the ‘unfinished businesses of the EFA agenda and the education-related MDGs, and addresses global and national education challenges. We are inspired by a humanistic vision of education and development based on human rights and dignity; social justice; inclusion; protection; cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity; and shared responsibility and accountability.

We reaffirm that education is a public good, a fundamental human right and a basis for guaranteeing the realization of other rights. It is essential for peace, tolerance, human fulfillment and sustainable development. We recognize education as key to achieving full employment and poverty eradication. We will focus our efforts on access, equity and inclusion, quality and learning outcomes, within a lifelong learning approach.

We are once again proud to host you for the 6th Annual summit and we hope you will enjoy the hospitality and networking sessions/opportunities for the best interest of the Kenyan Child and Youth.


Hon David O Ochola
Chief Executive Officer

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