NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26 – Over 310 students drawn from primary and secondary schools will Monday converge in Nairobi to attend a conference organised by county governments for children to learn more on devolution.
In a statement, Council of Governors Chairman Peter Munya said the Children’s Devolution Conference seeks to take stock of achievements of devolution in areas directly and indirectly affecting the day-to-day lives of children.
“The 2017 Children’s Devolution Conference is organised to give them an opportunity to tell their story of devolution. It will also interrogate their experiences with reference to achieving their rights as spelt out by the Bill of Rights and all child entitlements as put under Schedule Four of the Constitution,” the statement said.
The two day conference is open to children between 10 and 18 years from all counties and will be held at Nairobi Primary School.
The conference aims to share good “child-based practices” in counties and identify problems in implementation.
It will focus on challenges in implementation of child-associated functions performed by the county governments and the existing proposals of cooperation, and will put forward strategies to overcome such challenges.
The conference is billed as a curtain raiser for the Annual Devolution Conference which is slated to be held on March 6 to March 9 at the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute, Nakuru County.
The county governments spearheaded the selection of boys and girls representing primary and secondary schools, as well as a children living with disability, to participate in the conference.
The selection was done in consultation with County Education officers, Kenya Primary Schools Head Teachers’ Association and Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association.