World Access to Higher Education Day (WAHED) –
WAHED24 Conference
Theme:  The impact of COVID-19 on Inclusion and Access in African
Higher Education
University of Nairobi, Kenya
Date: 17th November 2020

The University of Nairobi is celebrating 50 years of Academic Excellence this year.  In this time the
University has produced 260,000+ graduates.  It’s a time to reflect and interact with other partners,
 like WAHED, to increase access to higher education.

Keynote speakers include:

Professor Stephen G. Kiama, Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi
Ministry of Education, Kenya (invited)
Akaba James, Open Dreams
Naomi Alabi, Diaspora Relations, AASU
Professor Maud Kamatenesi Mugisha, Vice Chancellor, Bishop Stuart University
Mr George Ananga, East Africa Representative, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

To register for one or more of the WAHED24 events please go to:  


                                                        Full programme

10:00 am (local time)          Overview of Access to Higher               Anne Aseey PhD

                                            Education during COVID 19                   School of Open and Distance

   07:00 am (GMT)              Pandemic-WAHED 2020                        Learning, University of Nairobi ,Kenya

                                                                                                            and WAHED Convenor, Africa

10:15 am (local time)         Welcome address and Introduction       Prof. Stephen G. Kiama, Vice Chancellor,

07:00 am (GMT)                 to African leg of WAHED24                    University of Nairobi, Kenya

10:30 am                            TBC                                                        Ministry of Education, Kenya tbc

10:50am                             A perspective from Cameroon –            Akaba James, Open Dreams

                                           Open Dreams Network

11:05 am                            Input from All African Students                Naomi Alabi, Diaspora Relations,
                                           Union (AASU) – Linked to                        AASU

                                           International Students Day

11:20 am                            Partnerships: Access to IT materials      Prof.Maud Kamatenesi Mugisha,
                                           and infrastructure by students and          Vice- Chancellor-Bishop Stuart
                                           staff. Perspectives of Private                   University,Uganda
                                           Universities during COVID 19

11:45 am                            BREAK

11:50 am                            Session on Digital inclusion and               George Ananga, Association of
                                           access, drawing on ACU’s recent            Commonwealth Universities
                                           policy brief on ‘digital engagement            (ACU),UK
                                           in Commonwealth universities
                                           during the COVID-19 pandemic’

12:20 pm                            Q&A                                                           Chris Bayes (National Education
                                                                                                              Opportunities Network)/A. Aseey

12:45 pm                            Plenary session                                         WAHED, Participants

13:00 pm                            Event close                                                Prof. Samson Gunga , Dean, School  

                                                                                                                    of Education, College of Education

                                                                                                                     and External Studies, University of
                                                                                                                     Nairobi, Kenya.
                                                                                                                     WAHED team