Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Kenya’s professor to head global education body

Professor Emmanuel Mutisya will head the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiatives (GESCI), an international body.

Following his appointment, Prof Mutisya will spearhead the institution’s growth in skills development and education.

He succeeds Irish national Brendan Tuohy, who led the organization for more than a decade. In a statement, Mutisya noted that countries should continue focusing on GESCI’s central areas.

“With the changing needs of both the labor market and that of today’s and future youth, we have the responsibility to develop solutions to arising issues, through skills development and education,” he said after his appointment.

Professor Mutisya formerly worked as a program coordinator and long-term consultant in the skills and education sector at the African Development bank. He has additionally worked as a visiting professor at the University of Nairobi.

His expertise spans financial inclusion, sustainability science, research and higher education, youth entrepreneurship, strategic policy planning, skills development programs, project management, and international development policy.

The United Nations Task Force on Information Communication Technology (ICT) recommended GESCI, an international non-profit organization.

GESCI’s existence came up in 2003 during the first world summit of the information society and runs a program on teacher professional development, leadership for sustainable development, youth entrepreneurship, and ICT and STEM programs.

According to the institution’s website, they partner with governments to offer strategic support to develop and implement high-quality ICT based practices. In turn, schools build workable leadership abilities that help government and society officials with knowledge for social development and ICT.

The organization has its offices in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda, India, Namibia, Cote D’Ivoire, Mozambique, Mauritius, Malawi, and Morocco. It’s also based in India and Bolivia.

After transferring its headquarters from Ireland to Kenya in 2011, GESCI signed a Country Agreement with Kenya’s agreement. Currently, its main offices remain in Kenya, where it operates as an all-inclusive international organization.

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