Head of Education
African Union Commission,
Beatrice Khamati Njengja is an educationist and environmental scientist with many years working in the areas of education, environment and development; as teacher, researcher, lobbyist and policy development agent. She has worked with a wide range of local and international agencies, and taught for many years at Kenyatta University- Appropriate Technology Centre. Dr. Njenga has also done significant work in the areas of Youth and Women empowerment and mainstreaming through appropriate technology development, education and skills development, and mentoring. Currently, Dr. Njenga is Hdead of Education at the African Union Commission, where she has been instrumental in the crafting of continental education policy frameworks, and development and implementation of such key initiatives as the Pan African University, the Mwalimu Nyerere Scholarship and Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, the continental TVET Strategy, Strategy for Harmonisation of Higher Education in Africa, the African Quality Rating Mechanism among others. She is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) which aims at promoting quality inclusive education towards producing the skills, knowledge, values and competences required for attaining the Africa We Want, as defined in the AU Agenda 2063. CESA reiterates the value of STEM education and ICT in education in ensuring transformative education for individual empowerment as well as fitting young people and the general population with skills for future employability, innovation and entrepreneurship, thus enabling Africa to reap the demographic dividend.