Many a mover and shaker have travesred the earth, some unsung and others well sung. It is not everyday that you meet someone who has dedicated their life to the development of the African the same way as Dr Beatrice Khamati Njenga has. Unsung as she might be, but her works are testimony to her contribution to the African education space.
Dr Beatrice Khamati Njenga, the Head of Education at African Union Commission announced that she will be retiring from the African Union at the end of 2019 after an illustrious career in the education arm of the organisation.
Speaking at the close of the Innovating Education in Africa Expo held in the Botswana capital, Gaborone, Dr. Njenga said, ” I am glad to be leaving the AU knowing that one of my babies has grown and will continue to grow for the betterment of African education”.
The baby that Dr. Njenga was referring to is the Innovating Education in Africa Expo which is her brainchild. She worked tirelessly to ensure that education innovators from across the continent are showcased and exposed to the world through this event. The expo is in its second year running and has attracted some of Afirca’s finest innovators.
Given the success of this project as testified by some of the 2018 winners of the prize money, Dr. Njenga leaves the AU with her head held high, having contributed immensely to the education of the African child.
Beatrice Khamati Njengja is an educationist and environmental scientist with many years working in the areas of education, environment and development; as teacher, researcher, lobbyist and policy development agent.
She has worked with a wide range of local and international agencies, and taught for many years at Kenyatta University- Appropriate Technology Centre. Dr. Njenga has also done significant work in the areas of Youth and Women empowerment and mainstreaming through appropriate technology development, education and skills development, and mentoring.
Currently, Dr. Njenga is Head of Education at the African Union Commission, where she has been instrumental in the crafting of continental education policy frameworks, and development and implementation of such key initiatives as the Pan African University, the Mwalimu Nyerere Scholarship and Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, the continental TVET Strategy, Strategy for Harmonisation of Higher Education in Africa, the African Quality Rating Mechanism among others.
She is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) which aims at promoting quality inclusive education towards producing the skills, knowledge, values and competences required for attaining the Africa We Want, as defined in the AU Agenda 2063.
CESA reiterates the value of STEM education and ICT in education in ensuring transformative education for individual empowerment as well as fitting young people and the general population with skills for future employability, innovation and entrepreneurship, thus enabling Africa to reap the demographic dividend.