KIPPRA Supports COG to Make Children’s Conference a Success
KIPPRA participated in the Children’s Devolution Conference 2019 held in Nairobi from 17th -21st February 2019. The fun-filled, eye-opening event provided an opportunity for the Institute to explain to the pupils and students the Government’s Big Four development agenda in a synthesized manner relevant to the children. This was done by the Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi, who was among the speakers on the first day of the conference. The development agenda was also presented in pamphlets with graphics and illustrations.
KIPPRA also used the opportunity to educate the participants on the national values and HIV/AIDS by providing simplified booklets. In the spirit of promoting partnership, the Institute supported the conference by providing KIPPRA-branded bags for all the participants.
The conference, which was the second one organized by the Council of Governors (COG), began with a procession from Uhuru Park to Nairobi Primary School, where the event was hosted. The third day of the conference was, however, hosted at the Safaricom Foundation in Thika. The children’s conference is a processor to the main Devolution Conference in March 2019.
Themed Prosperous Counties for Children, the event was officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Education Dr Amina Mohammed. The participating pupils and students were drawn from all the 47 counties of Kenya. They were composed of five children from each county: Two students (a boy and a girl) from high school and two pupils (a boy and a girl) from primary school. To complete the five representatives was a child living with disability from each county. The children were accompanied by three chaperons from each county.
The conference gave the pupils and students a chance to demonstrate their knowledge of development issues in the national and county governments. It was also an opportunity for the children to boldly state the challenges they face in relation to their education, health and nutrition. The children also aired their views on social ills such as female genital mutilation, sexual violence, drug abuse, early pregnancies and early marriages.
It was, however, not all serious, as the pupils and students got a chance to showcase their dancing and oratory skills through music and poetry.
The pupils and students handled most of the sessions, including debates, panels and the final communique in form of a news bulletin complete with reporters from various ‘counties.’ The panel sessions involved both pupils and students as well leaders in county governments and representatives from government institutions dealing with the Big Four Agenda.
The communique session and closing ceremony were graced by the Nyeri County Governor H.E Mutahi Kahiga. The Governor received the signed communique delivered by the Children’s Government President Rukaya Omar, a student in Mombasa County.
KIPPRA staff participated in planning and publicizing the event and as rapporteurs and ushers.