Kabarak University's School of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences hosted its 13th International Annual Research Conference on 21st Century Education Practices. This prestigious event brought together educators, scholars, and students to discuss the dynamic landscape of education in the 21st century. The conference was officially opened by the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic and Research, Prof. John Ochola, representing the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Henry Kiplangat.
The first guest speaker, Dr. David Kirwa Tarus, the Executive Director of the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA), delivered an illuminating presentation on "Seismic Shifts in Global Christianity: Implications for the Church and Theological Education in Africa,". He highlighted the evolving landscape of global Christianity and its significant implications for theological education, particularly in the African context.
Dr. Tarus emphasized the need for theological institutions to adapt and respond to the changing dynamics within the Church. He encouraged scholars and educators to embrace innovation, inclusivity, and interfaith dialogue to ensure that theological education remains relevant and effective in addressing the spiritual needs of a diverse and evolving congregation.
Following Dr. Tarus's inspiring address, the stage was set for Ms. Subira Neema, Assistant Director at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, to deliver the conference's keynote speech. Her address shed light on the transformation of education in Kenya and the 21st Century skills. Ms. Neema highlighted the ongoing efforts to modernize the curriculum and teaching methodologies in response to the demands of the 21st century.
She emphasized the importance of equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary for the challenges and opportunities of the modern world. Ms. Neema's keynote address provided valuable insights into the evolving educational landscape in Kenya, which plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of education across the continent.
The Dean of the School of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Prof. B.J.A. Ngala, expressed his excitement and gratitude during the conference. He extended his heartfelt thanks to the visiting principal of Metkei Girls, the representatives from Moi High School Kabarak, the faculty members who turned out in great numbers, and the enthusiastic students who filled the university auditorium to capacity. This strong presence underscored the collective commitment to advancing education and research in the region.
The success of Kabarak University's 13th International Annual Research Conference on 21st Century Education Practices highlights the institution's dedication to shaping the future of education in Kenya. By bringing together scholars, educators, and stakeholders to engage in meaningful dialogue and knowledge exchange, Kabarak University continues to play a crucial role in fostering innovation and excellence in education.