The School of Education launched its Annual Conference on Education and lifelong Learning on 31st October 2014.The event took place in the month of October which is the month in which the World Teachers’ Day (October 5) is celebrated globally. The conference was aimed at providing a platform for staff and students to share knowledge gained through research in education.
The conference main theme was “Enhancing Human Rights through Research and Education” while the major subthemes focused on Emerging Trends in Education, Management and Finance of Education, the Language of Education, Inclusive Education and Contemporary Issues in Educational Development and Practice.
Prof. Olive Mugenda the Vice Chancellor Kenyatta University graced the occasion as the Chief Guest who is also a renowned scholar. In her speech, which was read by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research Innovation & Outreach) Prof. F.Q. Gravenir, the VC outlined historical foundation of the School of Education which makes it the oldest and largest in terms of student population and thus giving it mandate to set pace in institutionalising scholarly activities such as conferencing. She acknowledged the continuous research and dissemination that happened through the Bureau of Education Research alongside the international exposure among its staff who travels to other international destinations of conferences with objective of exchanging scholarly ideas. [...Read more of this speech].
Other key scholars who participated included Dr. Sheila Parvyn Wamahiu who was the Keynote Speaker of the event. Dr. Wamahiu is a globally renowned education scholar, an education consultant researcher and a founder member of Women Education Researchers of Kenya (WERK). She has also served in UNICEF New York and also UNICEF Uganda as the chief of education.
The Conference themes were organized to provide space for early career academics who are in the process of considering topics for post-doctoral research, post-graduate graduands (Masters’ and PhD) in education who completed their studies in the previous 4 years and who wished to reflect on, and share aspects of their research experiences and findings with experienced education scholars who are in the field of education. A total of 24 papers from various countries were presented at this inaugural occasion, thus making the presenters and the audience part of the pioneering team that gave the October Education Conference a firm foundation to develop a culture of conferencing.