Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has cited gender disparities fueled by retrogressive cultural practices and economic barriers as some of the leading causes of inequalities in the region.
Addressing the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) International Conference on Girls’ Education in Africa, Machogu said investing in girls’ education is paramount in achieving higher productivity and enhancing labor outcomes.
The CS advocated for the utilization of regional and international instruments to successfully transform education systems across the continent emphasizing the need to build the capacity of the education workforce and facilitators while also improving scholarships to break economic barriers hindering educational advancements.
He lauded FAWE’s partnership with the Kenyan government and acknowledged Kenya’s role as the host of the regional secretariat of FAWE, currently in 33 countries and 160 schools in Kenya spanning across 20 counties.
He pledged his ministry’s commitment as a key partner in driving meaningful change within the education sector, affirming the nation’s dedication to advancing girls’ education.
In a resounding call, Martha Muhwezi, Executive Director of FAWE, addressed the conference, articulating FAWE’s commitment to providing equal opportunities for African girls since 1992.
Muhwezi said teducation in Sub-Saharan Africa is a powerful tool for empowerment, transcending gender boundaries and benefiting every child in the community.
Highlighting FAWE’s dedication to a multidimensional approach to transforming education systems in the continent, Muhwezi stressed the need for collaborative efforts among governments and all stakeholders, working hand in hand with young people to shape a brighter future.