Dr Vincent O’Neill hosts Irish students following school visits in Kenya with UK and Irish based charity

Vincent O'Neill with Irish students
Dr Vincent O'Neill with the Irish students who were visiting the Embassy during their trip to Kenya. Photo: Twitter/IrlEmbKenya

Yesterday, Irish Ambassador Dr Vincent O’Neill hosted a group of students from Ireland to find out more about the work of the embassy and the relationship which exists between the two countries.

The pupils from St Killian’s German-Irish school in Dublin and St Anne’s Secondary School in Tipperary timed their trip to coincide with the first Young Scientists Kenya National Science and Technology Exhibition which is taking place at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre between the 5-6 July.

Following their arrival in East Africa, the Irish students visited the Concern Worldwide Kenya office where they met Schools and Youth Programme Advisor Jennifer Flynn and her colleagues to find out about education projects in the country. 

Later in the day, the students enjoyed an interactive exchange with young innovators at the University of Nairobi MakerSpace hub.

MakerSpace hub
The Irish students at the University of Nairobi’s MakerSpace hub. Photo: Twitter/ConcernKenya

Supported by Concern Worldwide, the hub supports innovation and production of low cost medical devices to help reduce the number of maternal and new-born deaths.

Concern Worldwide

Founded in 1968, Concern Worldwide has worked in Kenya since 2002. They currently work in mainly rural Marsabit County and in the informal settlements or slums of Nairobi.

While originally urban-based, the UK based charity’s work in Kenya has now expanded into a multi-sectoral programme focusing on urban and rural livelihoods, primary education, water and sanitation health and nutrition and governance in both Nairobi and Marsabit.

In partnership with local organisations, Concern also responds to a number of emergencies in Kenya resulting from floods, drought and violence. All their work is underpinned by the promotion of community empowerment, advocacy and governance initiatives.

Irish students visit Kenyan schools

On Monday, the Irish pupils took a trip to MM Chandaria Primary School and Dandora IV Preparatory School. Both Nairobi schools are supported by Concern Worldwide, with a particular focus on girls’ education.

While at Dandora, the visitors had the opportunity to debate with 5th class students. 

They also met members of the Kinyago Community Conversation group who meet each week to discuss issues those in their community are facing, especially around children’s education. This is another group benefiting from the support provided by Concern Worldwide who are working with them to find solutions to the issues they are facing.