Kenya is ready to borrow lessons from other countries to spur growth and curriculum development in education, Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has said.
Machogu said programmes offered by religious-based organisations are best suited for youth and young adults who are in the early stages of career and professional development.
"As the Ministry of Education, we are always pleased to welcome initiatives that appear to blend well with our objectives of producing competent and confident learners and young people," said Machogu.
The details are contained in a speech read on his behalf on Friday evening by Ibrahim Issa, assistant director of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) during the launch of the National Mind Education at the International Youth Fellowship (IFY).
Machogu said the government will leverage on the lessons learnt from Korea to change students' mindsets and character, hence reducing cases of student unrest, arson and teenage pregnancies in schools.
"We are eager to borrow and learn from other countries on some initiatives that can spur growth and development in terms of education," he stated.
Machogu hailed the programme, adding that the Korea lesson is a motivation story, having relied on its human resources to emerge as a successful country.
"The National Mind Education Programme by IFY is an initiative to inspire Kenyans to think with positivity in their endeavours, and also to break free from the personal frame of limitations and challenges," Machogu said.
The CS noted that the programme stands out among others that raise young people as leaders and will unite and foster the next generation.
"It is not easy to bring people’s hearts as one but I have seen IYF achieve this easily. We are nurturing national leaders who give benefits to society with proper mindset," he said.
Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and the Digital Economy, Eliud Owalo, lauded Korea for its great impact to the society through their Christian broadcast station.
Owalo, through a speech read on his behalf by Wesley Maritim, Director of Administration in the Ministry of ICT, said many Kenyans have acquired skills through training, internship and mentorship in journalism besides creating employment opportunities.
Yohan Kim, Director of the International Youth Fellowship in Kenya said to overcome difficulties and problems among the youth, the institution has endeavoured to help through exchange programmes and adopting good communication skills.
"It is by discovering the root cause of the problem of the mind by combining mind education and the bible, and finding fundamental solutions from within," said Mr Kim.