Irina Bokova deepens UNESCO’s ties with Kenya’s Government
During the second day of the Director-General’s official visit to Kenya, 16 November 2010, Irina Bokova undertook a concerted round of bilateral meetings, in which she discussed UNESCO's cooperation with Kenya in encounters with the President of the Republic, Mwai Kibaki, the Minister for Education and President of the Kenyan National Commission for UNESCO, Samson Ongeri, and the Minister for National Heritage and Culture, William Ole Ntimama.
The Director-General had a fruitful bilateral meeting with the Education Minister on Kenya's educational system, focusing in particular on the country's experience since introducing compulsory free primary and secondary education, as well as the challenges it still faces to ensure the widest possible access, to gather data and in the fields of adult literacy and early childhood education.
Talks continued through a working lunch with the Ministers for Higher Education, Science and Technology; Gender, Children and Social Development; Environment and Mineral Resources; Forestry and Wildlife; Information and Education. As Kenya works to implement its new Constitution, the Director-General discussed new avenues for cooperation across all areas of UNESCO's competence with the Ministers.
Irina Bokova also paid a courtesy call on the Acting Minister for Foreign Affairs and visited the Nairobi National Museum.