The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Nairobi, in collaboration with Foundation and Arigatou International hosted a four-day training workshop from 13th to 16th March 2018 to integrate ethics into higher education and teacher education. The worshop dubbed, “Integrating Ethics in Higher Education: Transformation of Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA) – Faculties and Programmes – To Achieve Global Competitiveness," took place at the University’s Lang’ata Campus.

The work of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) has been recognized and lauded by the United Nations. To accelerate progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the UN Special Representative promotes engagement with United Nations partners, national Governments, regional organizations, civil society, faith-based organizations, the private sector, the media and child-led networks. In the Annual Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children, dated 22nd January 2018, specifically the section on Strengthening Partnerships to Support the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda, Ms. Marta Santos Pais reported at length about the GNRC 5th Forum and its outcomes.

GNRC in partnership with Goldin Institute and Youth Leaders for Restoration and Development (YOLRED), organized a debate and community dialogue session for secondary students dubbed, “Community Parliament and Secondary School Debating Competition,” from 24th to 27th February 2018 at the Gulu District Council Hall, Gulu, Uganda. The debate aimed at equipping young people in institutions of learning with critical thinking and conflict analysis, leadership, communication skills, research and oratory skills to enable them contribute as citizens, to the nation’s development now and in the future. A total of two hundred and eighty seven (287) participants including children, women and men attended the event. The Northern Uganda Debate Society also took part in the event.

Arigatou International—Nairobi (AI—N) in partnership with the First Children’s Embassy in the World - MEGJASHI (FCEWM), organised a Balkans regional meeting in Skopje, Macedonia, on 26th February 2018 to 1st March 2018. The meeting was convened by Arigatou International Initiatives, the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC) and Interfaith Initiative to End Child Poverty (End Child Poverty).

The President of Arigatou International, and Convenor of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, joined other global leaders and participants at the Solutions Summit convened by the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, held in Stockholm, Sweden on 14th and 15th February 2018. During the Summit, three hundred and eighty six (386) participants including global leaders, representatives from the United Nations, government officials, civil society organizations, the private sector and children and youth from 67 countries across the world affirmed their commitment towards ending violence against children.

GNRC–Kenya convened some of its members to participate in an interfaith breakfast forum on 26th January 2018 in Nairobi to sensitize community influencers and leaders on preventive measures to ending violent extremism in Kenya and the region. Among those who attended were representatives of civil society organizations, religious institutions and individuals working to promote the rights of children and government officials, including the advisor to the President of the Republic of Kenya on peacebuilding and cohesion, Rev. Dr. Samuel Kobia.

Thank you for being part of the GNRC Network and Community. With your support, participation and guidance, we achieved a lot in ending violence against children in 2017. Here are a few of the accomplishments: