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MKU Appreciates The Role Of Teachers In Global Development.

Mount Kenya University has commended teachers for their role in molding the society and promoting sustainable development globally.  Mount Kenya University Board of Trustee Chairman Prof. Simon Nyutu Gicharu said teachers should be highly appreciated and rewarded for their contribution to global prosperity. 

He was sending message of goodwill to teachers who were celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the World Teachers’ Day,

 “We take this great exceptional opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the teachers of Kenya,” said Prof. Gicharu.

Prof. Gicharu said the global education agenda (Education 2030) is part of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that make up the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. A specific education goal, SDG4, pledges to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. At the heart of achieving the targets of the Education Vision 2030, is the teacher. As section 14 reckons, an integral part of the right to education is ensuring that education is of sufficient quality. This requires relevant teaching and learning methods and content that meet the needs of all learners, taught by well-qualified, trained, adequately remunerated and motivated teachers, using appropriate pedagogical approaches.

He noted that UNESCO projects that to achieve SGD4, 8.3 million primary and secondary school teachers are needed globally by 2030. As at the last world teachers’ day (October, 2015), the Teachers Service Commission, the body that employs teachers in Kenya, projected that slightly over 70,000 more teachers are needed. We are making contribution toward achieving the SDG4 having trained over 14000 highly qualified teachers since 2012.

Mount Kenya University resonates with the words of the renowned philosopher, Mahtma Gadhi who stated, 

“I have always felt that the true textbook for a pupil is his teacher.”

MKU lives to these words by providing market driven, high quality, flexible, affordable courses to the practicing teachers as well as the potential teachers in Kenya, which are geared to valuing and improving their status.

Prof. Gicharu said in line with its vision of ... ‘To be a Global Centre of Excellence in Education, Research and Innovation in Science and Technology’, Mount Kenya University has established the school of education to drive the noble cause of training of teachers. The school has five departments which offer Bachelor of Education (Science), Bachelor of Education (Arts), Bachelor of Special Needs education and Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies. In addition, MKU offers Masters and PhDs degrees in education. The courses are taken in either regular, blended (Holiday Based-Virtual-Work based), Virtual Varsity and weekend based modes. The intakes are January, April, May, August, September and December.

“We value you Kenyan teachers and we are committed to improving your status by offering market driven, high quality, flexible and affordable teacher training courses,” said the MKU Founder and National Chairman of REA.

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