This is the first time that the Conference, which aims to initiate action to foster educational cooperation and the sharing of experience among countries of the Commonwealth, is being held outside London.
During the opening ceremony, Honourable Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and Prof Lazarus Hangula, Unam Vice-Chancellor, addressed the gathering.
Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor, spoke at one of the sessions of the Conference on the topic “Education’s impact on the Knowledge Economy.” Dr Tjivikua was the respondent to the keynote presenter of the Session, Professor Mabel Imbuga, the Vice- Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, in Kenya. “Professor Mabel Imbuga made enlightening and liberating remarks on the importance of education, especially higher education in transforming society,” Tjivikua said. He added that the role of primary, secondary and tertiary education must be restructured in order to re-examine the role of ideas such as the preparation for good citizenship, self-discovery, and self-fulfillment in light of national education priorities.
The economy of a country becomes a “knowledge economy” when the sustained use of new knowledge becomes a central part of its national development process. In addition to underscoring the importnace of the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, he emphasised the need to place great value on, and measure, the outputs of the quaternary and quinary (the fourth and fifth) sectors of the economy, in order to holistically understand and develop the nation.