UNESCO/UNITWIN Chairs Consultative & Sensitization Forum

Date and time: 
Fri, 2015-04-24 10:57

The most recent event (22nd & 23rd April 2015) saw UNESCO, Universities, renowned scholars of international repute, students, and the private sector converge at the University of Nairobi for a forum whose theme was UNESCO/UNITWIN Chairs for Knowledge Creation, Innovation and Sustainable Development in Kenya.

The forum was to create awareness of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Chairs, where they exist and what area of interest they cover in Kenya.

The event was spread in two days:

  1. Day 1 - an open invitation forum to interested parties for sensitization on work of UNESCO through the chairs and how to bridge the gap between universities and communities
  2. Day 2: a behind closed doors consultative meeting among invited universities, the National Commission to UNESCO, UNESCO and Invited guests to present activities undertaken, report on challenges and look at possible solutions

Unesco/UNiTwin Chair's Mandate

The chairs should aim to give UNESCO visibility both in the Universities and Communities, and by extension, provide opportunities for research, publications, and extension. They are also expected to reflect the UNESCO mandate, the development specialization of the host institution and the needs of both the academic and local communities.

The University of Nairobi Chair

The Chair at the University of Nairobi, has combined both research and community engagement. This approach is derived from the understanding that social development aims at social justice, solidarity, harmony and equality; and that social justice constitutes, to a large extent, the fundamental values within societies. In order to achieve socio-economic growth, there is need for inclusivity and a respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Here are some of the activities the chair has carried to date:

  • Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Street Children and support for slum mothers
  • Capacity needs and Water Retention Structures in the ASALS
  • Wajibu Wetu: University students for a culture of a sustainable culture of peace
  • Elimika: Construction of knowledge societies
  • Water Harvesting for Sustainable Livelihoods, Food Security and Community Development in Kenya
  • Workshops (Indigenous Technical Knowledge Systems Workshop, Dissemination of Gender Sensitive Literacy Materials Seminar, Conference on Regional Construction ‘Towards an Africa Strategy for the UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Sciences’....among others)

The forum Key address speaker was Prof. Michael Chege and the panellists were: Prof. Shem Wandiga, Department of Chemistry, UoN, Dr. Evangeline Njoka, Secretary General, KNATCOM, Dr. Abdul Lamin, Social and Human Sciences Specialist, UNESCO and Dr. Mildred Nawiri, Kenyatta Univeristy.

The event was a collaboration between the University of Nairobi (Host), The Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM) and UNESCO.

Expiry Date: 
Tue, 2018-07-31 10:57