The Commission for Education and Religious Education is a national Commission that provides guidance for the education mission of the Church in Schools. It was set up in 1961 to:
- Initiate, coordinate and facilitate Education and Religious Education activities in Catholic Private and Sponsored Public educational Institutions on behalf of KCCB
- Lobby and advocate for public Policies in Education that are consistent with Catholic values and uphold the dignity of the human person.
Why CERE was formed
CERE’s mandate is to promote holistic formation of learners through provision of value-based holistic education that leads to the realization of their full potential and responsible, integrated life. focusing on spiritual, moral, physical, emotional and social development of the individual learner.
In fulfilling this mandate, CERE is guided by Gospel values, Catholic ethos that focus on provision of holistic and life-long education through the Catholic private and sponsored public learning institutions that include basic and tertiary education subsectors.
CERE plays significant partner and complementary roles with the state and county governments in provision of education in the country. Currently the Catholic Church owns or sponsors about 7,500 (30%) of all schools in Kenya.