New Year Gift for Catholic Education in Kenya: KCCB-CUEA Partnership

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) through its Commission for Education and Religious Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CUEA on Tuesday 12th January 2016 at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops – General Secretariat at Westlands.

The primary focus of the new partnership will be to carry out research, develop curricula content and design and deliver training programs for administrators, managers, teachers, chaplains and other pastoral agents of Catholic sponsored institutions as well as learners in these institutions.

The Faculty of Education will implement this partnership, the first one in the year 2016. The ceremony was attended by the KCCB Chairman the Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo, Rt. Rev. Maurice Crowley, a member of the Commission for Education and Religious Education, and Chairman Seminary Commission, Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Kimutai Rono, General Secretary KCCB, Ms. Augusta Muthigani (National Executive Secretary, Commission for Education and Religious Education) and several other staff of KCCB General Secretariat. CUEA's team was represented by the Vice Chancellor Msgr. Dr. Pius Rutechura, Prof. Kaku Sagary Nokoe (DVC Academic Affairs and Research), Rev. Dr. Pius Male (DVC Administration, Finance and Planning), Rev. Prof. Peter I. Gichure (Director, Academic Linkages), Sr. Dr. Jacinta Adhiambo (Ag. Dean, Faculty of Education) and four other members of staff.

Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Ms. Augusta Muthigani, the initiator of the partnership pointed out that KCCB was looking forward to benefit from the professional expertise of CUEA in Research and other aspects so as to bring forth evidence based knowledge that is relevant in responding to issues facing the society such as radicalisation. She added that this was a unique opportunity for scholars to partner with implementers for relevance, and appealed to other commissions of KCCB to consider doing the same.

Rt. Rev. Maurice Crowley pointed out that the signing of the MoU was a historic moment for KCCB and CUEA and was coming at the eve of the national curriculum review in Kenya. On behalf of the Catholic Bishops in the country, who have invested heavily in education, he challenged KCCB and CUEA to "ensure that the first fruit of this partnership is a documented proposal on the incorporation of values based curriculum in the forthcoming review". He pointed out that the proposal would inform education stakeholders to "embrace values, competencies and a needs based curriculum". Bishop Crowley added, "the positive impact of the implementation of this MoU will inform replication of the same in other AMECEA countries" and assured the parties of the support of the Bishops Conference and the CUEA council.

Msgr. Dr. Rutechura called for dedication and commitment of all the parties towards implementation of the partnership, voicing out the need to effectively reach out to the people at the grassroots in various dioceses. Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo, urged the members to be committed to restoring Catholicism as they offer their services in different capacities.

Sr. Dr. Jacinta Adhiambo (Ag. Dean Faculty of Education) and Ms. Augusta Muthigani thanked all the persons involved in developing the partnership, including the immediate former Dean Faculty of Education, Dr. Simon Kang'ethe. Dr. Kang'ethe, who is now the Executive Director, Gaba Campus, Eldoret.

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