18.12.2017 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

Education for Sustainable Development Focal Points in Kenya get ready for implementation of ESD Policy

ESD focal points from all 47 counties in Kenya in a training workshop; Nairobi, Kenya-December 2017 (c) UNESCO

12th -15th December 2017, Nairobi, Kenya- The Ministry of Education (MoE) and UNESCO, with the financial support from UNESCO-Japanese Fund in –Trust ( JFIT), organized a four day capacity building workshop to enhance the capacity of the Ministry in the efforts of implementing the first ever Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) national policy for the education sector, launched in March 2017.

The training targeted the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) national technical working group and the nominated 47 county ESD focal points who as trained master of trainers will be responsible for cascading and providing support in the implementation of the ESD policy at the county, sub-county, school and community levels. It’s an added value to the cascade process as some of the officers are county curriculum support officers as well as quality assurance and standards officers. They have a key role to play in ensuring that ESD is infused in the lesson delivery at the school level.

As envisaged by target 4.7 of the 2030 Education Agenda- Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, ESD can contribute to knowledge and skills acquisition necessary for sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

One of the participants shared “ I am happy to learn that ESD is a way of life and it is inevitable that we have to ensure that teachers and parents transfer knowledge, skills and help form and build attitudes in our children that promote sustainable lifestyles; living harmoniously with one another while protecting the environment yielding to a prosperous living”.

In his remarks, the Director of Policy Partnership and East Africa Community Affairs of the Ministry of Education-Kenya affirmed the commitment of the country as one of the Global Action Programme (GAP)-ESD flagship countries to ensure that ESD is enshrined in the curriculum and that its infused in the lessons at classroom level. He also highlighted that such efforts are already being implemented in the ongoing teacher professional development for STEM teachers through the capacity building programmes run by the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA) .

The GAP, led by UNESCO all over the world and supported by the Government of Japan, is about building global momentum for ESD, sharing knowledge and fostering a global community of practice, including ESD in all curricula, changing the learning environment and find ways to be more creative.

Throughout the training the participants underpinned the importance of mapping of what ESD initiatives are existing in their counties while identifying opportunities for partnerships to push forth the ESD agenda within and without the school environments. ´The hope for the future lies in our responsible actions today!´

Additional information:

Listen to the testimonies on Youtube about ESD Implementation in their counties in Kenya:







<- Back to: UNESCO Office in Nairobi
Back to top