Kenya and UK urge world leaders to invest in education


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday urged world leaders to boost their investments in education during a joint virtual visit to the schools in the two countries.

The two leaders on Thursday conducted virtual visits of two primary schools located in Nairobi city, Kenya and in Ferryhill town, England respectively, as part of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) initiative.

During the visit, Kenyatta said that it is essential for every child to have access to quality education.

He noted that Kenya has ensured that elementary education is free for all students and the country is currently striving to achieve 100 percent transition between primary and secondary schools.

The joint virtual visit is part of the GPE initiative that seeks to raise five billion U.S. dollars needed to help 175 million children from low-income countries get quality schooling.

The event also came ahead of Kenya and Britain co-chairing the Global Education Summit that will take place in London in July.

Johnson said that supporting girls to get 12 years of quality education is one of the smartest investments the international community can undertake as the world recovers from COVID-19.

He added that across the world girls whose education has been cut short or denied altogether, remain a vast untapped resource and who could be leading efforts to pull their communities out of poverty.

“The Global Education Summit we are jointly hosting will make sure all young people have the opportunity to learn. I congratulate government, school leadership, teachers, students and all partners for the great work you are doing to make sure every child gets quality education,” Johnson said. Enditem

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