(Xinhua) -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta
said on Tuesday that he would lobby for an observer
status for the African Confederation of Principals (ACP)
at the African Union.
Opening the 10th ACP
meeting in Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa, Kenyatta
said he would lobby other African heads of state to give
an observer status to the group so they can engage
directly with the continent’s top leadership.
“You have the Herculean task to mentor
the children of Africa. There should be a forum you can
use to engage with the African Union,” he told more than
1,200 school principals from several African countries.
According to a statement issued after
the opening ceremony, Kenyatta said teachers have one of
the biggest roles in moulding new generations of
Africans and their input in Pan-Africanism is
“Pan-Africanism and unity matter in
our advancement as a people,” he said.
Kenyatta challenged the confederation
to get the membership of all African countries before
they present a request for observer status at the AU.
The east African nation is scheduled
to take over the presidency of the teacher’s
organization, whose goal is to benchmark on the best
teaching practices across the continent.
The ACP also wants to bid for Kenya to
host the International Confederation of Principals
meeting in 2021.