Kenya could proudly boast of its standards of Education as Somaliland Foreign Affairs Minister Saad Shire is in the country seeking ties with Kenya in Education and Agricultural sector. He intends to discuss on how the Kenyan and Somaliland parliaments can work together.
Historical records not only from the travels of Johann Ludwig Krapf and Johannes Rebman reveal that Kenyans had access to education as far back as 1728 with a Swahili manuscript ‘Utenda wa Tambuka’ (Book of Heraclius) attesting to the fact. The CMS missionaries interacted with locals in the coastal town of Mombasa and set up one of the earliest mission schools in the country at Rabai in 1846.
Mr Duale said that Kenya has been working closely with the Somaliland with a view to finding a lasting solution to the conflicts facing the Horn of Africa region.Dr Shire called for a meeting between the Kenyan National Assembly Speaker and his Somaliland counterpart.
“We are happy with the success stories coming from Somaliland and we hope other regions can learn from you,” Mr Duale told Dr Shire.
On Wednesday, Dr Shire met Kenyan Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma. During the meeting, the two discussed ways of strengthening diplomatic ties between the two countries. Dr Juma said Kenya would open up a liaison office in Somaliland capital Hargeisa.
The two met on Wednesday in Nairobi at a function by United Nations to fete world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge who was named the UN Personality of the Year 2018.
During the meeting, Dr Shire invited Kenyan investors to explore the opportunities available in Somaliland.
“We have so many openings for Kenyan investors. We also need to look into how we can work with Kenya in the area of education. We already have Kenyans teaching in our primary and secondary schools and in our universities,” said Dr Shire.
He added: “We are happy to have an operational embassy in Nairobi with an envoy who is keen on strengthening ties between the two countries. We are inviting Kenya to set up an embassy in Somaliland.”
Dr Juma said Kenya remains a friend to Somaliland and will always keenly watch the country’s progress.
There have been plans to have direct flights from Nairobi to Hargeisa. The national carrier Kenya Airways has already sent a delegation to do a feasibility study on the Egal International Airport in the Somaliland capital.
Over 15,000 Kenyans are living and working in Somali land in the hospitality and education sectors.
Out of all children in Kenya about 85 percent attend primary school. 75 percent of those who complete primary education proceed to secondary schools and 60 percent of those who complete secondary school proceed to higher institutions of education which include business and vocational institutions, national polytechnics, public and private universities within the country. Over 950,000 Kenyans have furthered their education abroad with a majority of graduates from India, UK, Canada, the United States, Russia and Uganda.