President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday announced that Kenya and the United Kingdom (UK) would co-host a two-day conference on global partnership for education financing on July 25 and 26. 

The President was speaking on Saturday at State House, Nairobi, at the start of the two-day virtual 34th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU. 

The Head of State mentioned that the aim of the conference is to raise 5 billion US dollars to ensure that all children have equitable access to quality education, especially in developing countries. 

President Uhuru Kenyatta during the virtual meeting with other Heads of State 

The President urged other Heads of State to join the effort and commit to protecting education budgets in their respective countries during the virtual meeting. 

“You will all agree with me that our children received the harshest brunt of the (COVID-19) pandemic; the lockdowns resulted in significant loss of income of the caregivers.

“We need to show up and hold our governments accountable in setting aside the adequate resources to ensure that all children, both girls, and boys and those in vulnerable situations, can go back to school and complete their studies,” he stated. 

Kenyatta expressed the need for African Governments to invest more aggressively in improving education access and quality, including the area of teaching and learning technologies, to bridge the education divide.

“Our children, are the future of this continent and we, as leaders, must guarantee a better tomorrow for them. We, as leaders today, must preserve and protect their wellbeing,” the President said. 

Kenya - UK Relations 

Commenting on the announcement, Kenya's High Commissioner to the UK Manoah Esipisu highlighted it as another strategic partnership between the two countries. 

The announcement cements the good relations Kenya and the UK have enjoyed in addition to the recent signing of a trade agreement. 

Kenya's Ambassador to the UK Manoah Esipisu 

The trade agreement ensures that all companies operating in Kenya, including British businesses, can continue to benefit from duty-free access to the UK market.