Machogu Urges Education Stakeholders to Tap Children’s Potential at an Early Stage

ByKenneth Nyabora

Oct 20, 2023
Machogu Urges Education Stakeholders to Tap Children’s Potential at an Early Stage

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has urged education stakeholders to carefully monitor children’s growth and development after being enrolled in school in order to realize their full potential. According to a speech that was read on Machogu’s behalf by the Director General of the Ministry, Dr. Elyas Abdi, this will foster critical thinking and problem-solving, communication, creativity, imagination, citizenship, digital literacy, and self-efficacy in the children.

In the speech that was read during the opening of the 2023 Teach for All Global Conference in Nairobi, the education CS said children have a lot of untapped potential that should be nurtured very early in life.

“No child is a failure. It’s only us, the adults, who have failed to tap the potential of every child. That is the reason why the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) is focusing on summative assessment.” Machogu said.

While speaking about the summit, Machogu added, “The meeting brings together stakeholders to mobilize promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for education. They are working to ensure all children have the opportunity to achieve their potential.”

The conference brings together more than 600 leaders, educators, and supporters from all over the world. It was organized by Teach for All, which is an organization that teaches young people about leadership. The three-day summit was hosted by Teachers for Kenya, an organization that posts tutors from universities to schools in marginalized areas to supplement staffing.

Teach for Kenya CEO Yukabeth Kidenda urged education stakeholders to ensure all students have equal opportunities to succeed.

“Our shared goal is not merely to educate but also to create leaders. Africa, with its rich tapestry of cultures, traditions, and stories, holds countless lessons on leadership. We believe every child can lead, and we must ensure we commit to unlocking that leadership,” Kidenda said.

According to Teach for All co-founder and CEO Wendy Kopp, the meeting will positively impact the lives of growing children in public schools in marginalized areas.