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Global teacher prize winner Peter Tabichi gets new appointment

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Peter Tabichi, the Kenyan science teacher who won the US$1 million(100million) Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019 has been appointed as the first “Champion for Children in Conflicts and Crisis” for Education Cannot Wait, the global fund for education in crisis.

Tabichi will champion the cause of the 75 million children whose education is disrupted by conflicts and natural disasters.

Travelling to the world’s most crisis-affected children and with planned engagements at the 2019 United Nations General Assembly and other high-level events, it is hoped his inspiring story and powerful voice will help raise the urgency on the world stage to invest in the future of children in crisis.

He will join actors Will Smith and Rachel Brosnahan who are advocates for Education Cannot Wait’s cause.

Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of Education Cannot Wait’s High-Level Steering Group, has described Tabichi as an inspiration to all involved in teaching and learning, and said he is looking forward to working with him.

Vikas Pota, Chairman of the Varkey Foundation said: “Every day a child is out of education is not just a tragedy for the child, it is a tragedy for the world they will inherit. To tackle the education crisis, most severe in those places plagued by conflict and natural disaster, it is vital that we learn from teachers like Peter Tabichi, who are working on the front line to give young people born into the most challenging circumstances the skills they need to face the future with confidence.”

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Tabichi did not hide his joy of being appointed.

“The students I teach see true hardships every day, from poverty to drought and hunger. But I also see in them raw talent and great creativity, hard work, a determination to defy the odds, and be the best they can be. Every child, everywhere in the world deserves the chance to fulfil their full potential,” he said.

“It is heart-breaking to know that 75 million children around the world see their educational chances disrupted by conflict and natural disasters. Education Cannot Wait is doing vital work to make sure these children are not left behind. It will be my great honour to help them ensure children whose lives have been blighted by war and catastrophe are given their birth right; a decent education.”

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Kenyan government freezes travel for officers without digital passports

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The government has frozen foreign travel for civil servants without digital passports.

In a circular dated April 15 to government institutions, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua cited hitches in processing of visa and entry permits using the machine-readable ones, which are set to expire in September.

Although entry and exit requirements vary from country to country, Mr Kinyua said the general rule is that a passport should be valid for at least six months at the time of travel.

“Considering that the machine-readable passports will cease to be a valid travel document with effect from September 1, 2019, any machine-readable passport is already outside the 6 months validity period,” Mr Kinyua said in the circular which re-emphasised an earlier one he wrote on September 26, 2018.

“To avoid inconveniences that may be occasioned on account of the limited validity period of the machine-readable passports and in observance of the above-mentioned circular, travel clearance should not be issued to officers who do not hold the e-passport.”

The order means that public servants who had planned to travel in the next few weeks could be forced to reschedule or abandon their travel unless they can acquire the e-passports quickly.

The e-passports are designed to better protect national borders and identities of citizens. They have the latest security features and design techniques besides a new style polycarbonate bio-data page.

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Kenya launched its e-passport programme in 2017, making it the first country in the East African Community (EAC) to do so.

This saw the country comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) global specifications and additional requirements set by EAC members.

E-passports have an embedded electronic chip in the passport booklet that stores the biographical information visible on page 2 of the document, as well as a digital security feature, according to ICAO.

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The digital security feature is a unique, country specific “digital signature” which can be verified using each nation’s respective certificate.

The government says the new passport is harder to duplicate and helps to counter threats from criminals such as terrorists and human traffickers.

The e-passport system was installed by British security printer De La Rue.

Mr Kinyua said that public servants are still making requests for visa facilitation using the machine-readable passports which are due to expire on August 31, 2019 in violation of the earlier circular.

“Please be advised that while passport requirements for entry and exit vary from country to country, the general rule is that a passport should have at least six (6) months validity when travelling internationally,” he said.

“Therefore, most countries will not issue a visa or permit a traveller to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final date of travel.”

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He added that civil servants should make arrangements to apply for the new e-passports, noting that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not facilitate visa issuance for holders of the machine-readable passports.

Officials copied in the circular were asked to inform their staff of the passport rules. They include cabinet secretaries, county governors, principal secretaries, commissioners and holders of constitutional offices.

-nation.co.ke

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Police seek to detain city lawyer Assa Nyakundi longer over son’s death

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City lawyer Assa Nyakundi was on Thursday arraigned at the Makadara law courts to face accusations of shooting his son dead at his Muthaiga home.

Prosecution requested Chief Magistrate Nyaga to detain the suspect for one more day in order to interrogate him, take finger prints and to conduct a scene of crime reconstruction.

The defense did not oppose the application, but wanted reassurance that he will be arraigned on Friday.

The lawyer shot his son Joseph Nyakundi on March 17 near his Muthaiga home. Joseph was pronounced dead on arrival at the Aga Khan hospital.

Mr Nyakundi claimed to have fired the shot accidentally from inside the car. However, investigations suggest the shot was fired from outside the car.

Family of the late Joseph Nyakundi, son of top city lawyer Assa Nyakundi overcome with grief during his burial at the Langata Cemetery on April 02, 2019. Picture by Francis Nderitu

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Kenyan embassy in US disowns online messages warning Kenyans in the Diaspora over Huduma number

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The Kenyan ambassador to the US, Robinson Njeru Githae, has distanced himself from a message which has gone viral on social media platforms puporting to warn Kenyans living in the Diaspora that if they don’t register for and acquire the much publicised Huduma Number, they will neither be able to “send money to family nor to travel back to Kenya.”

The envoy said that Kenyans should not be so gullible as to believe a message like that.

“How is that even possible?’ wondered Mr Githae.

“There is no co-relation whatsoever between the Huduma number and traveling to Kenya or sending money,” he told Kenya Satellite News Network on Thursday night.

“Kenyans should be smart enough to discern fake news. We haven’t even began the registration process and I urge Kenyans to disregard those messages which are meant to cause fear and despondency,” he added.

Githae said that once ready to roll out the registration, the embassy will send out an official communication confirming the same.

And in a related development, the Kenyan government on Friday froze foreign travel for civil servants without digital passports.

In a circular dated April 15 to government institutions, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua cited hitches in processing of visa and entry permits using the machine-readable ones, which are set to expire in September.

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Although entry and exit requirements vary from country to country, Mr Kinyua said the general rule is that a passport should be valid for at least six months at the time of travel.

“Considering that the machine-readable passports will cease to be a valid travel document with effect from September 1, 2019, any machine-readable passport is already outside the 6 months validity period,” Mr Kinyua said in the circular which re-emphasised an earlier one he wrote on September 26, 2018.

“To avoid inconveniences that may be occasioned on account of the limited validity period of the machine-readable passports and in observance of the above-mentioned circular, travel clearance should not be issued to officers who do not hold the e-passport.”

The order means that public servants who had planned to travel in the next few weeks could be forced to reschedule or abandon their travel unless they can acquire the e-passports quickly.

The e-passports are designed to better protect national borders and identities of citizens. They have the latest security features and design techniques besides a new style polycarbonate bio-data page.

Kenya launched its e-passport programme in 2017, making it the first country in the East African Community (EAC) to do so.

This saw the country comply with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) global specifications and additional requirements set by EAC members.

READ ALSO:   How world's best tutor plans to spend Sh100m prize

E-passports have an embedded electronic chip in the passport booklet that stores the biographical information visible on page 2 of the document, as well as a digital security feature, according to ICAO.

APPLICATIONS

The digital security feature is a unique, country specific “digital signature” which can be verified using each nation’s respective certificate.

The government says the new passport is harder to duplicate and helps to counter threats from criminals such as terrorists and human traffickers.

The e-passport system was installed by British security printer De La Rue.

Mr Kinyua said that public servants are still making requests for visa facilitation using the machine-readable passports which are due to expire on August 31, 2019 in violation of the earlier circular.

“Please be advised that while passport requirements for entry and exit vary from country to country, the general rule is that a passport should have at least six (6) months validity when travelling internationally,” he said.

“Therefore, most countries will not issue a visa or permit a traveller to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final date of travel.”

He added that civil servants should make arrangements to apply for the new e-passports, noting that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will not facilitate visa issuance for holders of the machine-readable passports.

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Officials copied in the circular were asked to inform their staff of the passport rules. They include cabinet secretaries, county governors, principal secretaries, commissioners and holders of independent offices.

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