The recent inauguration of the UNESCO Chair on Culture and Arts in Education for Sustainable Development at Kabarak University marks a significant milestone in the region’s academic landscape. As the first of its kind in Eastern Africa, this UNESCO Chair is set to elevate research in Teacher Education, focusing on creative and performing arts, culture, and inclusive school curriculum development.
Attended by Nakuru County Deputy Governor H.E. David, representing Governor Susan Kihika, the event highlighted the importance of collaboration between Kabarak University and Nakuru County in revitalizing the creative sector. The partnership aims to contribute to the region’s overall development, leveraging the UNESCO Chair’s expertise in promoting arts and culture in education.
This prestigious recognition positions Kabarak University as the third private university in Kenya to receive a UNESCO Chair. The university’s commitment to advancing research and training aligns with UNESCO’s goals and reinforces its dedication to promoting excellence in education.
Dr. James Njogu, the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO Ag. secretary-general and chief guest at the event emphasized that the UNESCO Chair provides Kabarak University with an opportunity to collaborate internationally. This collaboration will enhance culture and arts in education for sustainable development in the region.
The Kabarak University delegation, led by Vice-Chancellor Professor Henry Kiplangat, showcased their commitment to advancing education and cultural initiatives. Nakuru City Manager Gitau Thabanja, accompanying the Deputy Governor, expressed optimism about the positive impact of this UNESCO Chair on both the academic and cultural landscape of Nakuru.
Overall, this UNESCO Chair at Kabarak University signifies a new era for educational innovation, placing a strong emphasis on the transformative power of arts and culture in shaping sustainable development.